Improved safety is being promised with the introduction of new driver support systems working around Volvo Trucks Dynamic Steering system.
Confirmed today by Volvo Group Australia, the new systems include Volvo Stability Assist and Volvo Lane Keeping Assist.
We will start to see the functions on locally produced Volvo trucks from November this year.
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Volvo Trucks launched Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) in 2013, the system utilizing an electric motor that assists the hydraulic power steering (quick guide on the tech below).
It works primarily to assist the driver during low-speed manoeuvres and to eliminate vibration and kicks in the steering wheel at higher speeds.
Dynamic Steering also assists when driving in high wind areas.
Now, to further help drivers, Volvo has added Stability Control, a system that helps improve traction, particularly on wet roads (and about to be mandated in Australia).
While Volvo Trucks tell us lane departure warning will also help drivers stay alert and safely between the paint.
The system being introduced by Volvo will provide a slight turn of the steering wheel in the appropriate direction and gentle vibration in the steering wheel to notify the driver that they’ve ventured out of their lane.
“Volvo Dynamic Steering has truly revolutionised the driver’s job behind the wheel. – Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks
“Now we are building further on our success with new functions that help make the traffic environment even safer.
“This is all in accordance with our vision that no accidents involving Volvo trucks should ever occur.
“These functions were developed to help drivers avoid some of the most common accident scenarios.”
While Mitch Peden, Vice-President Volvo Trucks Australia, told us the new tech will be a great addition for drivers.
“The new generation of VDS takes safety and performance to a whole new level.
“It’s a system that has been tried and tested in the harshest of conditions that Australia can put a truck through, and has proven its reliability and performance in improving stability in any driving situation.”
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