Kenworth makes new digital display system standard on T880, W990

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Updated Mar 10, 2021
Kenworth New 15 Inch Digital Display

Kenworth announced that it will offer the new 15-inch Digital Display system as standard equipment on Kenworth T880 and W990 models. The fully digital, high-definition display already is standard on the recently launched Kenworth T680 Next Generation.

Kenworth’s Digital Display provides a significant level of customization and dynamic information content. The design is highly intuitive and easily adjustable to enable drivers to match their preferences, while also automatically displaying critical content. The digital display resulted from countless hours of driver observation, user testing, iterative prototyping and meticulous design work to create this advanced user experience, the OEM says. 

The digital display allows seamless viewing selection between two Minimized Views, Basic View, Maximized View and a driver customizable Favorites View. Drivers can easily scroll up and down using the standard Kenworth Next Gen SmartWheel, which also puts cruise control and radio functions at the driver’s fingertips. 

The Minimized Views show truck speed, tachometer and standard content in the header and footer area for drivers that prefer fewer gauges. The Basic View on-screen content adds gauges, such as fuel, air, coolant and oil pressure. A scroll of the Kenworth Next Gen SmartWheel to the Maximized View will show additional gauges specified on the truck — such as axle temperatures, torque, air filter and brake application — for drivers who prefer to view all featured truck information. 

For vocational customers utilizing vehicle-mounted equipment, such as pumps, dump trucks and cement mixers, there is a specific screen and tachometer mode available for power take-off (PTO) engagement and operations. There are new set points controllable through either dash switches or the steering wheel. 

Once the PTO is engaged, the digital display provides a readout of the operational PTO rpm. Pre-set PTO rpm speeds can be programmed into the Digital Display — at the time of order — for customers with vehicle-mounted equipment requiring multiple speeds to function. Body builder tell-tale availability and associated sounds can be programmed into the digital display, enabling drivers to engage and disengage their installed equipment on the jobsite, the company says. 

“We met with drivers from vocational and over-the-road applications as a key part of our design process. As a result, we put in place the vocational-specific enhancements to benefit our vocational customers. The digital display will serve as a valuable tool for T880 and W990 operators alike,” says Laura Bloch, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing.

In any viewing of these various digital display viewing modes, the driver will automatically be alerted on the screen regarding any warnings or faults, if they were to occur.

The digital display also enhances truck functionality when the truck is parked. Pressing the Exterior Light Self-Test switch runs a full system check for a quick analysis and status summary of multiple systems.

Kenworth says the digital display screen offers a Trip Summary view when the driver shuts off the truck for the day. If so equipped, the system also can provide a Driver Performance Assessment report and coaching advice. A Drive Summary, which reports statistics on information such as average fuel economy, idle time and cruise control usage, as well as any potential mechanical issues, also appear at day’s end.

The display system’s flexibility supports nearly 50 different layout possibilities across a wide range of possible gauge sensors. There are more than 4,500 possible gauge view combinations, including those that a driver could construct into a “Favorites” view. The digital display is unique since drivers can customize their display to show specific information they find useful, the company says.        

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