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08 December 2014

The TOROS advanced truck concept

The TOROS advanced truck concept is a design statement carried out by Technicon Design USA.
This design concept is a conclusion of latest manufacturing methods, drive train technologies and autonomous driving systems. We anticipate a widespread of these technologies within the next decade and therefore a fundamental change in the way on-the-road transport will occur in the USA of the future.

One key question regarding autonomous driving systems is how future drivers will spend their time while on the road.  Companies will have to look for new ways to maximise the productivity of these drivers. Our concept promotes the idea of the driver taking on new organisational responsibilities and the truck as a mobile office.


Carbon-composite monocoque chassis sitting on a composite ladder frame.
200 kw Micro turbine power plant powers 6 “in-wheel” electric motors.(700 torque each)
Estimated fuel efficiency is 35mpg (Conventional trucks average 6mpg)
Low profile drivetrain configuration, allows for greater interior volume while maintaining the footprint of a conventional truck.

Interior live/work space

The TOROS concept also uses modular components to expand interior volume.  The additional space allows for a mobile office living environment.  Designed for livability; this space has all the comforts of home, with kitchen, lavatory, infotainment centre sleeping loft and spacious live/work area.

Computer controlled system optimisation

Under body active aerodynamics reduces drag for fuel efficiency or manages down force when needed for stability. Network connected “apps” extrapolate from road conditions, route, weather and truck performance to compute for optimum delivery times. Smart glass display system gives driver an unhindered, but augmented view of the road ahead.  The driver can view navigation and other essential information overlaid what he can see out the window; creating a “virtual view” of the road.

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