FAMCO launches ‘safety edi­tion’ Volvo FH truck

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Al-fut­taim Auto & Ma­chin­ery Com­pany (FAMCO) launched the lat­est edi­tion of the Volvo Trucks ad­vanced safety fea­tures in the UAE, un­veil­ing the FH trucks at the FAMCO premises in Dubai.

The in­tro­duc­tion of the ad­vanced safety fea­tures is in line with the UAE Vi­sion 2021 to work to­wards pro­vid­ing a sus­tain­able fu­ture and Volvo Trucks’ com­mit­ment to match cus­tomer needs.

“We are ex­tremely pleased to launch Volvo Trucks safety fea­tures in the UAE,” said Vladimir Kneze­vic, manag­ing di­rec­tor of FAMCO UAE. “The Safety Edi­tion Volvo FH truck with safety fea­tures was built with one thing in mind: the driver. The truck con­tains nu­mer­ous world’s first in­no­va­tions which will as­sist in safe driv­ing, fast load­ing and fa­tigue re­duc­tion, thus in­creases pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Com­ment­ing on the Volvo Trucks ad­vanced safety fea­tures, Jan-erik Thoren, manag­ing di­rec­tor of Volvo Trucks Mid­dle East, said, “Our en­gi­neers are re­spon­si­ble for some of the world’s most im­por­tant safety in­no­va­tions and we have con­tin­ued on this tra­di­tion with the launch of this safety edi­tion in the UAE.”

The truck comes with safety fea­tures such as the head­way sup­port sys­tem, which re­duces risk of ac­ci­dents and col­li­sions by alert­ing the driver at the risk of col­li­sion with the ve­hi­cle ahead; lane change sup­port, where a radar sys­tem is de­signed to aid driv­ers and pre­vent ac­ci­dents, and is ac­ti­vated when­ever the driver uses turn sig­nals, al­ter­ing the driver if an ob­struc­tion is de­tected on the truck’s side. Fur­ther fea­tures in­clude elec­tronic sta­bil­ity pro­gram (ESP), which re­duces the risk of skid­ding and rolling over; lane keep­ing sup­port, where by at speeds over 60 km/h, the sys­tem mon­i­tors the truck’s po­si­tion on the road. When it de­tects the truck drift­ing or sway­ing out­side of its lane, a warn­ing alerts the driver so that they can re­sume con­trol.

Driver alert sup­port is an ex­ten­sion of Volvo’s lane keep­ing sup­port, which mon­i­tors driver be­hav­iour and steer­ing wheel move­ments. If the truck be­gins to sway or drift, a warn­ing sys­tem alerts the driver and sug­gests tak­ing a break if the be­hav­iour con­tin­ues. The tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor­ing makes it pos­si­ble for the driver to su­per­vise the tyre pres­sure through the driver in­for­ma­tion dis­play. A cor­rect tyre pres­sure gives an op­ti­mal use of the tyre and leads to in­creased life­time and de­creased fuel con­sump­tion. From a safety point of view, a con­trolled tyre pres­sure re­sults in de­tec­tion of leak­age and pre­vent­ing blowouts.

Fur­ther, Volvo dy­namic steer­ing re­duces steer­ing force up to 85%. It ob­tains a pre­de­ter­mined steer­ing feel, in­de­pen­dent of load and tires, and con­trib­utes to a more re­laxed driv­ing through im­proved di­rec­tional sta­bil­ity, Lastly, an airbag is mounted in the steer­ing wheel’s cen­tre mod­ule and will be re­leased in case of a head-on col­li­sion with a heavy or solid ob­ject. Kuwait & Gulf Link Trans­port (KGL), an in­ter­na­tional lo­gis­tics firm based in Kuwait, an­nounced that the US Army has awarded a new con­tract to sup­port heavy line haul op­er­a­tions for the US mil­i­tary through­out the Mid­dle East.

Un­der the terms of the con­tract, the sec­ond of its kind awarded to KGL, the com­pany will pro­vide com­mer­cial ser­vices that in­clude per­son­nel, equip­ment, tools, ma­te­ri­als, su­per­vi­sion, and non-per­son­nel ser­vices nec­es­sary to per­form com­mer­cial line haul, heavy lift, and per­son­nel trans­porta­tion ser­vices in sup­port of the 1st Sus­tain­ment Com­mand (The­ater).

KGL shall pro­vide com­mer­cial line haul trans­porta­tion for the move­ment of equip­ment, cargo, and per­son­nel through­out the US Cen­tral Com­mand (Cent­com) area of re­spon­si­bil­ity (AOR).

KGL is one of four ven­dors on the con­tract, and the value for KGL is es­ti­mated to be ap­prox­i­mately $200mn, with a max­i­mum con­tract value not to ex­ceed $547mn for a du­ra­tion of 60 months.

KGL pre­vi­ously signed a con­tract with the US Army, val­ued to be $690mn, and not to ex­ceed $1.38bn for a du­ra­tion of 60 months.

Sam Khatib, chief busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer, KGL, said: “We are proud to have worked with the US mil­i­tary in the Mid­dle East for more than two decades, solv­ing com­plex lo­gis­tics chal­lenges for mis­sions across the re­gion. This new­con­trac­ti­sat­es­ta­mentto our im­por­tant part­ner­ship, and we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our work with the US Army to pro­vide this crit­i­cal sup­port for its op­er­a­tions in the Mid­dle East.”

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