FAMCO launches ‘safety edition’ Volvo FH truck
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.”