HST Truck Design for Better Maneuver

The HST truck is an idea to provide long distance transport facilities to the developed market of the year 2030. Maximizing the productivity by reducing expenses while increasing revenue is the main goal of this innovative truck. Since the main headache of haulage firms is the fuel expense, this truck was designed to lessen coefficient of drag to ensure minimal air resistance. Therefore, it aims to incorporate slippery body panel, sleek aerodynamic feature by a conical front, flush body with no protrusions like wipers, mirrors, etc. Additionally, the HST truck aims to be longer than traditional trucks, but more movable via a steered trailer.

hst truck

hst truck

Kioko says:

“An increase in payload would definitely result in an increase in revenue. One way to increase payload is via longer semi-trailers. However, legislation restricts the length of trucks. Reason being, longer trucks would be difficult to maneuver, thus risking the safety of other road users while requiring the rebuilding of infrastructure to accommodate larger turning radii. The HST aims to be longer than current trucks, but more maneuverable via a steered trailer.”

hst truck

hst truck

Designer : Kioko Muthui

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Navarr says: March 5, 2009

Nice idea, but…

How do they see behind and to the side of them without mirrors?

Adam says: March 5, 2009

You cant have a super long low rider truck. it will get stuck on the first hill transition.

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Kioko Muthui says: March 6, 2009

Thanks for the comments guys!

@ Navarr

The concept aims to replace conventional mirrors with cameras. One set of cameras are located at the front of the cab while another is located at the front of the trailer. A split screen (which would be placed in front of the driver at the eye level) would display the images received from the cameras.

@ Adam

The concept is a long-distance truck meant for use on highways. Highways usually have small gradients. Nevertheless, the low clearance and super low profile tires would probably not make production…


stephen russell says: March 8, 2009

We can use this truck but raise trailer & chassis, love steerable trailer, why not apply to FD Longladder trucks alone.

No more reardriver FD long ladder trucks.

SuperSparky says: March 20, 2009

Looks cool, but is not practical.

Trucking today is cheap and modular. The trailers are high enough off the ground to cover most reasonable terrain, even short dirt road drives. Maneuverability isn't so hard if the driver is skilled. They key is backing in.

Most of trucking in the USA is shipping and dropping off the entire trailer and then getting another trailer off to the next destination. Such a specialized design would never be profitable enough for the smaller businesses that drop off product and keep the trailer.

Looks great, but not even remotely practical nor driveable on any road but a runway.

Kioko Muthui says: March 23, 2009

@ Stephen Russell

Thanks, that would be a great application!

@ SuperSparky

Thanks for the comment. While, the concept's super low clearance is mainly for aesthetics, trailers don't need to be so high as to allow a small car to fit underneath. Furthermore, a low slung body would not only reduce drag, but fuel consumption as well.

The idea behind the maneuverability concept is that longer trailers can be used. This would allow hauliers to carry more cargo.


Robert says: May 8, 2009

I'd like to say the design you created is great! I love the sleek, stream-line yet creative truck you've designed.

I wish you all the best with it!

Kioko Muthui says: June 9, 2009

Thanks, Robert, for your comment!

Stevan says: October 1, 2009

Cool design!!!!!!!

Ian Cuthbert says: October 30, 2009

What does HST stand for.

    junior says: January 16, 2013

    Its may mean Health And Science technology Dont know

ted elam says: December 23, 2009

ive read a couple of the responses and i am a truck driver and dable with some concept of my own and would like to say i like your concept for the most part the draw backs are not the low rider effect this can be used if you allow for the air suspension to be adjustable i have a lowboy trailer that sit 4 inches off the ground simply hit a switch and it raises up as for your rear steering i dont see the necessity unless the 2 rear trailer axles had a 10 foot spread this would allow for 40 thousand lbs to be carried there and since you have a lower frame more cargo could be loaded total length would not need to be more then 75 to 100 feet the one other drawback is the cabover design you have try using a cab forward rear engine with a sleeper over head or just rear of drivers position email me some drawings when you get it worked out if you want ild love to see them oh yea camera good idea but try to limit the amount of screen could be a distraction while driving mirrors should still be in place for use sometimes ? maybe movable in and out to reduce drag see ya good luck

nakul says: May 14, 2014

can u tell me 50 meter long truck trailer turning road radius

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