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Volvo Trucks South Africa recently introduced its Active Safety Package at its Durban manufacturing plant. The OEM says the R6,5 million investment into its SKD plant emphasises Volvo’s commitment to safety. The investment will allow the facility to calibrate and fit features to Volvo Trucks fitted with Electronic Brake Systems, Electronic Stability Control and disc brakes.

C Volvo Assembly Plant DurbanThe features include adaptive cruise control with forward and emergency braking, lane keeping support, lane changing support, driver alert support and alcolock.

Torbjörn Christensson, president of Volvo Group Southern Africa, says safety is in the DNA of every Volvo truck that is produced and this is not just lip-service. “Volvo Trucks prides itself with regard to safety and this has always been one of our core values,” says Christensson.

Volvo Trucks South Africa’s recent investment into its Durban SKD manufacturing plant will allow the facility to install and calibrate selected unique features that were previously not available to the market. “We believe that all original equipment manufacturers in our industry have a responsibility to provide the safest transport solutions to their customers – as this has a trickle-down effect to all road users,” adds Christensson.

The impact that a truck has when involved in a collision is often very serious and to this end Volvo Trucks is constantly increasing the safety of its vehicles in a bid to decrease the overall impact to all road users in the event of a collision.

“This includes pedestrians, and to this end, we hope that our holistic approach to safety through not only our products but also our ‘Stop, look, wave’ campaign, a programme designed by Volvo Trucks to teach children around the world about the dangers they face in traffic everyday, we can change and shape behaviours in road users from a young age,” says Christensson.

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 comprises adaptive cruise control with forward and emergency braking; Lane Keeping Support, Lane Changing Support; Driver Alert Support; and Alcolock.

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. The radar, which is fitted to the front of the truck, interacts with the I-Shift and the vehicle’s brakes. If the distance remains unsafe the wheel brakes activate.

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 trucks 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 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 respective vehicle. The turn signal activates the safety system.

Driver Alert Support alerts the driver through the use of a camera sensor that tracks the position of the truck in its respective lane as well as monitoring 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.

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