This section covers the latest news and updates about Intercity Lines’ enclosed auto transport fleet.
Volvo Vehicle Platoons
The project aims to encourage a step change in personal transport usage by developing of environmental roadtrains called platoons.
Systems will be developed facilitating the safe adoption of road trains on un-modified public highways with interaction with other traffic.
A scheme will be developed whereby a lead vehicle with a professional driver will take responsibility for a platoon. Following vehicles will enter a semi-autonomous control mode that allows the driver of the following vehicle to do other things that would normally be prohibited for reasons of safety; for example, operate a phone, reading a book or watching a movie.
Mercedes-Benz Future Truck
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025’s with his “Highway Pilot” system a consistent and realistic response to the current development – it communicates with its surroundings and drives autonomously. Autonomous driving carries through the more homogeneous traffic flow helps to reduce fuel consumption and emissions significantly. Transport times are calculable. The aggregates of the trucks involved are protected by the uniform driving style. Autonomous driving is a “Can” feature – the driver is at all times free to decide to control the truck itself or to leave this to the art.
Peloton Truck Platoons
Peloton is an automated vehicle technology company that utilizes vehicle-to-vehicle communications and radar-based active braking systems, combined with sophisticated vehicle control algorithms, to link pairs of heavy trucks. The safety systems are always active, and when the trucks are out on the open road, they can form close-formation platoons. The system controls braking and acceleration, similar to adaptive cruise control, and drivers remain fully engaged and retain steering control. The dramatic reduction in aerodynamic drag in these platoons provides unprecedented fuel economy savings for both the trailing and the leading truck. A real-time video link lets the rear driver see the road ahead of the platoon. The more extensive data flowing from the trucks also allows new levels of diagnostics and prognostics, while empowering better drivers and stronger fleet management.
Intercity Lines to Update Trucking Fleet!
with 18 New Auto Transport Trailers!
David and Linda Wilson, the owners of Intercity Lines, Inc, have contracted a partnership with Kentucky Trailer Technologies to manufacture eighteen new auto transport trailers and update the Intercity fleet. Each of the new fifty-three foot auto transporters feature state-of-the-art design, including a lighter weight to optimize fuel savings. Additionally, the trailers also feature wider decks to accommodate the new and wider bodies of today’s automobiles. The manufacturing of the new auto transporters will begin immediately, in which the last trailer is scheduled to be delivered in the fall of 2015. Kentucky Trailer Tech has built the majority of the trailers Intercity Lines currently operates, and looks forward to further collaboration with them on this four million dollar project. Financing for the Intercity fleet update will be provided in part by the Spencer Savings Bank of Spencer, Massachusetts.
Since 1980, family owned and operated Intercity Lines has been providing automobile transportation services to European and Asian automobile manufacturers, collector car enthusiasts, automobile museums and auction companies, and has built a reputation as “America’s Premiere Auto Transport Company.”
Kentucky Trailer has been a longtime forerunner in the transportation business, tracing its legacy of innovation since its founding in 1879. Today, Kentucky Trailer is the leading manufacturer of custom moving vans for the moving and storage industry. Kentucky Trailer Technologies, an operating division of Kentucky Trailer based in Walled Lake, Michigan, builds a wide and diverse variety of custom trailers and specialty vehicles for auto transport companies, mobile marketing, as well as medical, command and mobile platforms for government.
Spencer Savings Bank has been a financial leader since being founded in 1871 by a group of local businessmen. Located in Spencer, Massachusetts, in addition to having branches throughout Central Mass, Spencer Savings Bank has helped countless individuals, families and business owners build greater financial security. Intercity Lines has enjoyed a banking relationship with Spencer Savings Bank for the last twenty five years and appreciates working personally with Spencer President and CEO K. Michael Robbins and Vice President Kyle S. Bourque on the purchase of these auto transport trailers.