Volvo to in­vest in Dur­ban plant for safer truck­ing in SA

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VOLVO Trucks South Africa an­nounced a R6,5 mil­lion in­vest­ment into its Dur­ban SKD Man­u­fac­tur­ing plant to en­able staff to in­stall and calibrate se­lected safety fea­tures that were pre­vi­ously not avail­able to lo­cal Volvo truck own­ers.

Pres­i­dent of Volvo Group South­ern Africa, Tor­b­jörn Chris­tens­son, said the com­pany believed all orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEM) in the truck­ing in­dus­try have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide the safest trans­port so­lu­tions to their cus­tomers, as this has a trickle-down ef­fect to all road users.

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.

The adap­tive cruise con­trol au­to­mat­i­cally adapts the ve­hi­cle’s speed to the ac­tual flow of traf­fic and in­forms the driver when the distance to the ve­hi­cle in front rep­re­sents a risk. Should the driver not re­act, the warn­ing sig­nal is up­graded to a flash­ing red light and beep­ing, if this is ig­nored then the sys­tem mildly ap­plies the brak­ing sys­tem of the truck. In the event of this also fail­ing the emer­gency brak­ing sys­tem ac­ti­vates in or­der to en­sure that the truck is pre­vented from col­lid­ing with the ve­hi­cle.

• 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 help the driver fur­ther in terms of blind spots — which are slightly more chal­leng­ing for truck driv­ers on the pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle. The turn sig­nal ac­ti­vates the safety sys­tem.

• Driver Alert Sup­port

The sup­port sys­tem alerts the driver through the use of a cam­era sen­sor that tracks the po­si­tion of the truck in its re­spec­tive lane as well as mon­i­tors the steer­ing wheel move­ments of the truck; this would hap­pen if the driver is inat­ten­tive or drowsy. Ad­di­tion­ally if any symp­toms of fa­tigue or tired­ness are de­tected the au­dio-vis­ual alert is ac­ti­vated too.

• Al­colock

The Al­colock* is a fac­tory mounted elec­tronic breath al­co­hol anal­yser de­signed with the aim of re­duc­ing al­co­hol-re­lated ac­ci­dents. It re­quires the driver to take a breathal­yser be­fore the en­gine of the truck can be started, it is made of a sta­tion­ary unit in­side the in­stru­ment panel of the truck and a hand-held unit with a cable.

“The Volvo Ac­tive Safety Pack­age is mak­ing the world’s safest Volvo Truck even safer. This is a ground­break­ing way of in­creas­ing road safety even more and is a fea­ture all OEMs should con­sider as be­ing part of re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens,” said Tor­b­jörn.

— Wheels Re­porter.

PHOTO: ALWYN VILJOEN

When­ever it says ‘ab­nor­mal load’ at the back, chances there will be a Volvo truck-trac­tor pulling in the front and thanks to a R6,5 mil­lion in­vest­ment at the Volvo truck as­sem­bly plant near Dur­ban, all Volvo trucks will also be that much safer.

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