THE trucks of the future will talk to each other, Robert Di Cristoforo told delegates at the recent Technical Maintenance Conference.

Vehicles will use wireless communications that will be able to talk vehicle to vehicle, and vehicle to infrastructure.

They will share basic information like location, speed and heading.

Mr Di Cristoforo said in the future, which is not that far away, your car might give you a warning that others up ahead are braking heavily or you are approaching a busy roundabout.

Vehicles may even be able to tell drivers if they slow down a little that they might make it through an intersection or avoid potential crashes.

While vehicle to infrastructure communication will most likely give vehicles curve speed warnings, help clear traffic for emergency vehicles and eventually pedestrians might be bought into the equation.

Trials of the system are underway in Michigan, in the US, where some 3000 locals are participating over two years.

Also on the horizon is the rise of autonomous vehicles.

Mr Di Crostoforo said some dump trucks were already driving themselves and it won't be long until it is allowed on our roads.

"We have the technology. The Autonomous Car Bill was approved by California," he said.

But there were a few bugs to work out before Australia would have them driving themselves on the nation's roads.

Other changes he earmarked were larger cabs as people were getting bigger.

 

Check out some of the videos from the conference from talking about EBS to preventing fires in engine bays.

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