When it’s pitch black outside approach lights enable the driver to lighten up both inside and around the vehicle from a distance.
“This lets you see if anybody is hanging around outside or inside the truck (and avoid being assaulted). The lights activated include front and rear lamps on both the truck and trailer, side lights and interior lighting,” says Carl Johan Almqvist, responsible for Traffic & Product Safety at Volvo Trucks.
Both the locks and the alarm have been improved. What’s more, the trailer can be connected to the alarm with sensors so that it’s triggered if someone tries to open the trailer door. And choosing laminated windows makes it harder to break into the cab.
When approaching the Volvo FH you can unlock the driver’s door without unlocking the passenger door, using the remote control on the key. Press once for the driver’s door and twice for both doors.
“This reduces the risk of uninvited company climbing in the passenger door while the driver is climbing into his side of the cab,” says Carl Johan Almqvist. Further increasing the driver’s security, the grille can be equipped with an electromechanical lock. The steering wheel lock is electromechanical, too. .
Now you can get immediate help in your own language – all over Europe. Standard on the new Volvo FH, this smart new technology increases security for the driver and reduces downtime for the operator. If anything should go seriously wrong, simply press the button: help is never far away.
A breakdown, a flat tyre or a broken windscreen can happen to any truck. But if it happens in a Volvo, you are not alone. And the assistance is now even quicker.
”There’s no point in denying it – breakdowns cannot be avoided altogether. But what we can do is make it as easy as possible to get help when they occur. This is what Volvo Action Service On Call is all about. Press the VAS-button and help is soon on its way,” says Christian Gustavsson, in charge of Volvo Trucks service.
When the driver presses the button a call goes automatically to the call center at Volvo Action Service where it’s connected to an operator who speaks the driver’s language. The operator immediately receives information about which truck the call is coming from and where it’s located.
The driver can concentrate on explaining what has happened. Together with the fault codes from the truck, this explanation helps the workshop to see what the problem is without delay. Standstills are expensive – uptime is a vital issue for profitability.
”Thanks to the immediate arrival of exact information at the VAS Call Center, the vehicle can often be ready to run again much sooner. The fact that help is no further away than the press of the button is also reassuring for the driver,” says Christian Gustavsson.
”A big advantage is that the Call Center immediately receives the exact location of the truck. On average it takes a driver eight minutes to explain where the truck is located. These are precious minutes in a breakdown situation. With the VAS-button this only takes a second thanks to the integrated GPS,” says Christian Gustavsson.
The button increases security in other ways, too. Volvo Action Service can help a driver who becomes sick or who needs to get home quickly, perhaps due to a family emergency. Even help with renting another vehicle or trailer can be arranged while repairs are being carried out.
Volvo Action Service is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. It has a network of more than 1,100 workshops in Europe. This means you won’t have to wait for help for very long, no matter where you are or what time of day it is. Everyone who drives a new Volvo FH has access to Volvo Action Service. .
Remember what it was like to get up and walk to the TV to change channels? It sounds old-fashioned but this is reality for a truck driver when loading. Until now. With wireless remote control a lot of unnecessary climbing in and out of the cab can be avoided.
Press a button and the vehicle adjusts itself to the height of the loading bay. Down goes the tail lift and loading begins – the display confirms it’s being distributed evenly without exceeding maximum axle weight. Once loaded, close the tailgate, jump in and drive.
The remote control saves time regardless if it’s the driver or somebody else doing the loading. Since the display shows a range of data from the load indicator, it’s easy to avoid overloading and uneven loading without having to run in and out of the cab to check the indicator all the time.
“A few years ago we let drivers begin testing the first remote control. Reactions to the prototype were very positive, so we continued to develop the real thing,” says Markus Olsson, component specialist working with the remote control at Volvo.
Assisted by the remote it’s possible to raise and lower the suspension, roll the truck to one side, operate the rear tail lift, control loading lighting, start, stop and rev the engine – and lock the vehicle.
The remote has three different modes: loading, equipment and swap body. The functions available in each mode are largely decided by the driver.
“Being able to stand outside the truck and see it from the side makes the work much simpler. I’m convinced this little gadget is going to help in countless ways,” says Markus Olsson. .
Times are changing for drivers who spend their days swapping cargo and trailer. Small ideas in technology make big tasks better, faster and smoother.
Just imagine, the trailer can be rolled to one side so it can come in close even when the loading bay isn’t straight. It does this by raising and lowering the suspension on each side of the truck. Together with the possibility of raising and lowering front or rear suspension, this makes the trailer highly versatile.
Quick change to swap bodies. Using the wireless remote, changeover between swap bodies is now simpler. The two fixed positions have become three, which can all be saved. This means the driver can save the three standard heights for swap bodies and adjust the vehicle height with the press of a button, instead of gauging the height manually every time.
Remembers the loading bay. There’s even a fixed setting for loading. The driver can save four different heights so the truck automatically adjusts to the preset height at the press of a button: a shortcut for drivers who often return to the same or similar loading bays.
A load indicator you can calibrate yourself. Saving workshop time and costs, this lets the driver or operator calibrate the load indicator wherever scales are available. Calibration is carried out from the cabin with the load indicator – where data can be saved for up to 20 different trailers.
Rear suspension with greater stroke. The increased stroke helps when changing trailers, allowing the driver to lower the vehicle enough to reverse under the trailer. And the suspension has a reverse-mounted antiroll bar so you can back up closer to low objects, such as loading docks and asphalt pavers. .