Volvo Trucks launches the new Volvo FH with 'Industry-first' safety features
Posted: 18-Mar-2020 |
Volvo Trucks has launched the new Volvo FH featuring a re-imagined cab, innovative safety features and a driver focused working environment. A key aim of the new design is to give the driver a more productive, safe and comfortable life on the road.
"The Volvo FH series has been a favorite among truck drivers for many years, especially for those who spend a good portion of their lives on the road," says Roger Alm, President of Volvo Trucks. "With the new Volvo FH we are continuing our clear focus on designing trucks and offering services that can help drivers do a world class job."
The emphasis on drivers is based on the significant impact they have on a haulier's results, in terms of productivity, efficiency and customer service. "A good driver can make a huge contribution to our customer's profitability," continues Roger Alm. "And around the world we see a chronic shortage of skilled drivers. By launching this new truck which prioritizes the professional driver's productivity and comfort, we have taken an important step forward in helping our customers attract and retain the best drivers."
The attention given to drivers is most obvious in the updated interior working environment.
"Easy access to a variety of information increases the driver's ability to perform more efficiently, safely and comfortably," states Carin Larsson, Chief Designer for User Experience and Human-Machine Interaction for Volvo Trucks. "The presentation of information has improved significantly with the new displays. Demanding interactions are now concentrated on the side display, which is placed within easy reach of the driver's seat. Distractions are therefore minimized as key driving information is shown clearly on the user-friendly and easily-viewable instrument display."
"The new generation Volvo FH combines the most successful elements from the previous FH series with smart technologies and a functional, human-centric design," continues Carin Larsson. "The result is an intelligent and sophisticated truck that helps the driver deliver outstanding performance under any conditions."
The new Volvo FH is the world's first heavy-duty truck with adaptive high beam headlights. The system improves safety for all road users by automatically disabling selected segments of the LED high beam when the truck approaches oncoming traffic or another vehicle from behind. The high beam is adjusted when the camera and radar detect other vehicles or when the camera detects changes in the amount of light around the truck.
Further safety-enhancing features on the Volvo FH include downhill cruise control, which sets a maximum speed to help prevent unwanted acceleration when travelling downhill, and an improved Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that works at all speeds, even down to zero km/h.
The Electronically controlled Brake System (EBS), which is a prerequisite for safety features such as Collision Warning with Emergency Brake and Electronic Stability Control, now comes as standard on the new truck. Volvo Dynamic Steering, with the safety systems Lane Keeping Assist and Stability Assist, is also available as an option. Safety on the new Volvo FH is further improved by the road sign recognition system that is able to detect road signs such as overtaking restrictions, road type and speed limits. The visibility can be improved further by the addition of a passenger corner camera that provides a complementary view of the side of the truck on the side display.