Kenworth debuts T680 Next Generation with Aurora Driver

Kenworth debuted a T680 Next Generation equipped with the Aurora Driver at the recent ATA Management Conference and Exhibition in San Diego. The truck was displayed in the Kenworth booth at the San Diego Convention Center. The prototype Kenworth T680 Next Gen provides an autonomy-enabled truck platform integrated with the Aurora Driver, a Level 4 autonomy system.

The platform features new control interfaces, and redundant braking, steering, and power systems to achieve the requirements needed for reliable and safe self-driving operations. The Aurora Driver consists of sensors that perceive the world, software that plans a safe path through it, and a computer that powers and integrates the sensors and software with the truck, allowing the Aurora Driver to drive safely in autonomy on the road. The sensors on the T680 Next Gen include Aurora's FirstLight Lidar, imaging radar, and high-resolution cameras.

These sensors work together to build a 3D representation of the world, giving the Aurora Driver a nearly 360-degree view of its surroundings in real-time.

The show also featured Kenworth's fully electric Class 8 T680E and a W990 with the 52-inch flat roof sleeper configuration introduced last year.