The GMC Sierra Professional is a concept truck that addresses the
complex needs of construction industry contractors for maximum job
site flexibility while combining comfort and technology with rugged
and the Lear Corporation, known for innovative seating solutions,
teamed up to create this truck with a focus group of people in the
construction industry who use their full size extended cab pickups
like an office. Special attention was paid to creating the most
practical and productive interior environment in a work truck while
adding some special exterior enhancements.
Lear led the
concept development using its PVI Methodology to suggest improvements
upon existing design and assembly processes.
In focus groups,
Lear questioned 72 contractors about their trucks as they related
to their job and its requirements. Some of the questions included:
of cell phone do you use?
Do you use
a laptop in your vehicle?
of storage do you use?
are best for storage?
the seat storage includes first aid kit and AuraGen generator casing
learned from the questions answered, not surprisingly, that contractors'
trucks serve as both "workhorse" and office, transportation
for commuting and taking employees from one work site to another,
and are used to carry files, cell phones, note pads, and lunch.
also considered an inherent problem with the work truck environment
- keeping things clean.
center console in the GMC Sierra Professional is a self contained
the information gathered from the focus groups Lear created the
GMC Professional interior solution. A look at the future of GMC
at the center console and dash area, Lear created a fully functional
Mobile Office Environment. The console includes a laptop, removable
hot / cold cooler, file storage, cell phone plug in and storage,
a removable trash bin, portable printer, and multiple power points.
The dash houses a unique full color LCD panel controlling six program
functions: map display, radio interface, OnStar interface, clock
display, a cell phone interface to allow both dialing and answering
the phone, and a PC interface for running standard PC applications.
Switching between functions is controlled by a switch bank located
just right of the dash mounted LCD display screen. The steering
wheel has an auxiliary LCD display switch for hands free program
mentioned above, the Sierra Professional includes a laptop computer.
The Compaq Armada is normally cradled in a built in docking station
but at only 3.1 pounds it can be easily removed from the truck when
needed. It's 64Mb of RAM and 333MHz processor provide enough horsepower
for almost any business task.
storage for gloves and glasses and a utility hook for a hardhats
and jackets can be found on the interior rear door panels.
Office Environment features in this truck communicate through an
Intelligent Transportation Data Bus (IDB). This communication system
creates an open, nonproprietary standard architecture allowing multiple
electronic devices to be installed easily and safely. The IDB is
meant to increase the choices for consumers in the electronics they
can install in their cars and should help lessen component obsolescence.
As you can
imagine any truck supporting so much electronics requires a significant
power source. An AuraGen underhood Generator supplies 5000 Watts
of 110/220V AC power. A panel on the exterior of the cab, built
into the left hand side rocker panel, allows a user to
access power through
in-dash LCD controls 6 different program functions
AuraGen generator control unit casing is located in the rear passenger
and 220V outlets or using a 50-foot extension cord.
manage interior cleanliness Lear utilized many different materials.
The materials keep the interior livable including vinyl inserts
in the main contact areas of the seats, low-dirt-adhesion trim on
the door panel surfaces and marine-type carpeting that, while washable,
maintains OEM appearances after cleaning.
the exterior of the truck a WARN winch was added capable of 9500
pounds pulling capacity and in the rear a DMI shock-absorbing hitch
was installed. GM's own TracRac bed side rail system is used for
overhead supply and ladder storage. A Putco stainless steel toolbox
rests on a Duraliner bed liner while a Gator tailgate ramp makes
loading and unloading heavy pieces of equipment easier. Putco stainless
steel running boards help occupant ingress and egress into the cab.
it to GMC and Lear to come up with a rugged work truck that combines
a "go anywhere" attitude with a "do anything"
capability for today's and tomorrow's contractors.