Volvo Trucks South Africa has invested R6,5 million into its Durban SKD manufacturing plant enabling it to install and calibrate a range of safety features. The features that form part of the Volvo Active Safety Package which has recently become available to the local market will be available as optional extras on most Volvo truck range models fitted with electronic brake system (EBS), electronic stability control and disc brakes.
The Volvo Active Safety package consists of:
Adaptive cruise control with forward and emergency braking
Adaptive cruise control automatically adapts the vehicle’s speed to the flow of traffic and informs the driver when the distance to the vehicle in front represents a risk. The radar which is fitted to the front of the truck interacts with the I-Shift and the vehicle’s brakes. If the distance remains unsafe, the wheel brakes activate. Adaptive cruise control and the emergency advanced braking system make use of radar and camera technology that work simultaneously to identify and monitor vehicles on the path of the truck. Emergency braking allows for a first warning system, which consists of a red light on the windscreen that is activated when the system detects a vehicle that the truck will collide with at its current speed. Should the driver not react, the warning signal is upgraded to a flashing red light and beeping. If this is ignored, the system lightly applies the braking system of the truck. In the event of this also failing, emergency braking is activated. Emergency braking is only available on the FH model range
Lane keeping support
Lane keeping support drastically reduces risk factors in traffic such as tiredness or distraction. The system has been designed for long haul operators and monitors the truck’s position on the road when exceeding speeds of 60 km/h. If the driver unintentionally crosses a road marking system, it alerts the driver through the means of a buzzer.
Lane changing support
Lane changing support uses a radar to aid with blind spots. The turn signal activates the safety system.
Driver alert support
Alerts the driver through the use of a camera sensor that tracks the position of the truck in its lane and monitors steering wheel movements of the truck. Symptoms of fatigue trigger audio-visual alerts.
In addition, Alcolock – a factory-mounted electronic breath alcohol analyser, requiring the driver to take a breathalyser before the truck can be started – is obtainable as an optional extra (Alcolock does not form part of the Active Safety Package).
Torbjörn Christensson, president of Volvo Group Southern Africa, says, “The Volvo Active Safety Package is making the world’s safest Volvo Truck even safer. This is a ground breaking way of increasing road safety even more and is a feature all OEMs should consider as being part of responsible citizens.”
“We believe that all OEMs in our industry have a responsibility to provide the safest transport solutions to their customers, as this has a trickle-down effect to all road users.”
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