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A COM­PRE­HEN­SIVE SAFETY pack­age for the Volvo Euro 6 chas­sis is now avail­able that’s said to de­liver “im­proved safety and com­fort on coaches”, the com­pany an­nounced re­cently.

Volvo has re­in­forced its safety po­si­tion by in­tro­duc­ing a new state-of-the-art Driver Sup­port Sys­tem (DSS), it says, packed with a range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing: for­ward-col­li­sion warn­ing with emer­gency brak­ing; adap­tive cruise con­trol; lane-keep­ing sup­port; and driver-alert sup­port on its Euro 6 coach range.

Ac­cord­ing to gen­eral man­ager of Volvo Buses Aus­tralia Lau­ren Downs: “Volvo’s Driver Sup­port Sys­tem of­fers our cus­tomers the high­est level of safety. It is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of our con­tin­ued proac­tive ap­proach to road safety and our drive to achieve our safety vi­sion of zero ac­ci­dents in Volvo ve­hi­cles.”

As Volvo ex­plains, the lat­est DSS tech­nol­ogy uses both radar and front cam­era to de­tect ve­hi­cles in front of the coach when driv­ing. If a col­li­sion is im­mi­nent the driver gets both a vis­ual and an au­di­ble warn­ing. If the driver doesn’t re­act to the warn­ing, a pre-brake is ac­ti­vated au­to­mat­i­cally, fol­lowed by full brak­ing power.

The sys­tem also han­dles “brak­ing in curves” for driver and pas­sen­ger com­fort, ac­cord­ing to Volvo Buses.

“Even in cases when the auto brake tech­nol­ogy is un­able to avoid a col­li­sion, the low­ered im­pact speed helps to mit­i­gate the con­se­quences for the driver and the pas­sen­gers al­low­ing op­er­a­tors to feel con­fi­dent with the Volvo Coaches in their fleet,” ex­plained Downs.


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