In News, June 2021, Freightliner1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineJuly 1, 2021

At the Brisbane Truck Show in May, Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific revealed a new-look digital dashboard for the Freightliner Cascadia conventional truck, the first traditional truck to be available with the feature when it becomes an optional item in Australia and New Zealand from the fourth quarter of this year.

The high-definition digital dashboard includes a 12.3- inch display that replaces the traditional instrument cluster with a digital tacho and speedo as well as gauges, trip data and adaptive cruise-control system information. The 10-inch centrally mounted display features a touch screen for ease of use, allowing access to a raft of data and settings, but also features a row of traditional buttons for features a driver may want to control in a hurry, such as audio.

Information on both screens can be accessed through controls on the steering wheel, which features intuitive thumb control pads. The driver can still operate the climate controls with dials to the left of the central screen.

“The screens are easy to use and give drivers access to more controls and more information than ever before. Furthermore, they look fantastic and we think our customers will love these displays, which are way out in front of anything else available in the conventional truck class,” says Freightliner Australia Pacific director, Stephen Downes.