Volvo’s New Trucks Offer New Technical Possibilities and Comfort to Make Life Easier for the Drivers
The new heavy Volvo Trucks have been developed to ensure that the driver can carry out all jobs effectively, safely and responsibly, with the additional perk of an easier, more comfortable ride for the driver to boot.
The New Generation of Trucks Offer a Safe, Functional and Comfortable Environment
All models – the Volvo FH, FH16, FM and FMX – have a new, flexible user interface with a digital instrument panel that gives the driver relevant information in each situation. In addition, the Volvo FM and FMX have new cabs that give the driver more space and improved direct visibility.
Peter Lindgren, Product Manager Cab at Volvo Trucks said of the new product line: “With our new trucks, we meet the needs of both drivers and haulage companies. By further developing classic Volvo characteristics such as ergonomics, comfort and safety and combining them with new innovative technology and design, we have made the driver environment even more attractive and productive,”
The changes are indeed advantageous, with a new 12-inch fully digital main instrument, which gives the driver quick access to information, which helps to avoid costly mistakes as it makes it easier for the driver to plan trips, know of speed limits, overtaking restrictions, different road types, as well as other driving regulations. The main instrument display can be supplemented with an easy-to-navigate 9-inch side display for managing communication, infotainment and transport information. With four selectable views, each driver can easily customise the content and appearance of the main instrument display prior to departure. The Load view allows control of the load weight, gross vehicle weight and axle pressure per axle. For trucks with a navigation system, the Navigation view with easy-to-follow maps is the right choice.
There are various functions that will help the driver, such as a media player which works via radio, Bluetooth or USB. There is also the possibility of connecting two mobile phones, as well as an assignment function, which helps provide driver time support, coaching, remote tachograph reading and general navigation. With the vehicle there is a parking climate, load indicator, tyre pressure monitoring and custom setting of Volvo Dynamic Steering. Up to eight cameras can easily be connected to the side display, and four camera views can be displayed simultaneously on the screen. The information in both displays can be presented in over 30 languages. The system is capable of storing multiple custom settings simultaneously. This is useful if the same truck is to be used by many different drivers, perhaps from different countries.
“The whole instrument panel is designed to provide a good overview, allowing the driver to manage information intuitively and efficiently with less stress. The instrument panel has a functional, robust design in durable material with stable cup holders, generous storage compartments and several USB charging ports,” says Peter Lindgren.
The gear selector for the Volvo I-Shift has a new design that is more practical and ergonomic, providing greater freedom of movement inside the cab. The gear changing programs have also been developed and now include economy, standard and performance. Changes include up to one cubic metre more interior volume and a low, wide entry with two footsteps that has anti-slip properties for drivers entering and exiting their truck. Other perks for the driver’s comfort include the sleeper cabs positioned higher to make it more comfortable and user-friendly, sensor-controlled climate units with carbon filters and more robust cab insulation. All of these qualities will make the driver feel right at home when on the road.