GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 6, 2017 — The new Volvo VNL and VNR series combine active safety innovations to help professional drivers reduce fatigue and distraction, making the new long-haul and regional haul models the safest Volvo trucks ever.
“We aspire to zero crashes and zero injuries, protecting both drivers and other road users,” said Magnus Koeck, vice president of marketing and brand management, Volvo Trucks North America. “The new VNR and VNL series strengthen our leading passive safety features with active safety innovations to help drivers prevent accidents before they occur.”
Like all Volvo models, the new VNR and VNL series cabs are built with high-strength steel and exceed both the Volvo Swedish Cab Safety Test and ECE R-29 rollover requirements. The VNR and VNL also feature the industry's only standard driver's side airbag.
By continually monitoring operating parameters, Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST) detects imminent loss of control, jackknife, or rollover events. The system automatically reduces engine torque and selectively applies braking to help keep the truck on course. VEST has been a standard offering on Volvo's on-highway models since 2007.
Active Assistance and Forward Collision Warning
Volvo Active Driver Assist includes Bendix Wingman Fusion, a comprehensive, camera- and radar-based collision mitigation system that is fully integrated with Volvo's Driver Information Display. Volvo is the first heavy-duty truck OEM to offer Bendix Wingman Fusion as standard equipment.
Volvo Active Driver Assist is in constant operation while the vehicle is in motion, providing stationary object detection with stationary vehicle braking, which sends audible and visual warnings, including a red warning light that appears in the windshield, alerting the driver to take action if needed, if a metallic object is detected in front of the truck. Braking assist can be applied—at speeds greater than 15 mph—when the system recognizes the stationary object as a vehicle, independent of whether cruise control is engaged. The driver will receive a warning up to 3.5 seconds before an imminent impact with the vehicle, and, if no action is taken by the driver, Volvo Active Driver Assist will automatically engage the brakes.
Thanks to the camera input, Volvo Active Driver Assist also integrates an optional Lane Departure Warning System with Data Capture capability. Additionally, Volvo Active Driver Assist works with cruise control to help the driver maintain a set following distance behind the forward vehicle.
A Clear View Ahead
To improve visibility, help fight fatigue, and reduce maintenance, Volvo employs LED bulbs as standard equipment for all exterior and interior lighting. The new VNR and VNL feature LED high/low beam headlights, as well as LED turn, marker, and parking lamps. Premium headlamps also features a “signature” LED daytime running light. Automatic lighting and rain-sensing wipers are also available to help improve safety.
Safety is the cornerstone on which Volvo founders Assar Gabrielsson and Gustaf Larson built the company, establishing safety as a core value in 1927. Gabrielsson and Larson are famously quoted as stating, “A vehicle is made by and for people. Thus, the basic principle of all manufacturing is and must remain safety.”
Volvo Trucks provides complete transport solutions for professional and demanding customers, offering a full range of medium to heavy duty trucks. Customer support is secured via a global network of 2,000 dealers and workshops in more than 120 countries. Volvo trucks are assembled in 15 countries across the globe. In 2016, more than 102,800 Volvo trucks were delivered worldwide. Volvo Trucks is part of Volvo Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Group also provides solutions for financing and service. Volvo's work is based on the core values of quality, safety and environmental care.
For further information, please contact Brandon Borgna, Volvo Trucks, phone 336-823-2687, email [email protected]
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