Volvo to invest in Durban plant for safer trucking in SA
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.
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.
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.