By combining the truck cab’s audio and entertainment unit with the navigation and fleet management systems, Volvo Trucks is aiming to create an enhanced and safer driver experience, easier navigation and more efficient fleet management.
The company has created one fully integrated system controlled via touchscreen, voice command and steering wheel buttons. “The new system for services and infotainment allows drivers to really personalise their workspace,” said Anders Edenholm, Chief Project Manager at Volvo Trucks (pictured). “For example they can listen to their favourite local radio station no matter where they are, and they can have hands-free access to both their personal phone as well as work phone. Overall this helps create an enhanced and safer driving experience by increasing the feeling of home when drivers are away for long periods of time.”
The new system allows for easier and more efficient assignment handling. The truck navigation system accepts a range of inputs for getting directions including addresses, co-ordinates or simply touching the onscreen map.
Drivers can also access all Dynafleet OnBoard services including Driver Times Support, Driver Coaching and Messaging. For drivers, this means up-to-date information, enabling them to stay in control and make the best decisions in real time. They can also track their driving performance and fuel consumption plus identify areas for improvement.
“When designing the new system for services and infotainment, we’ve made it as easy as possible for drivers to navigate and complete their jobs,” added John Comer, Head of Product Management at Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland. “Because Dynafleet OnBoard and Navigation are integrated, drivers can receive messages with GPS co-ordinates and in just with a few seconds start navigating to their next job. More time with hands on the steering wheel and eyes focused on the road means a safer and more productive driver.”
The features of the new system include access to streaming media services such as Spotify, Deezer and TuneIn, as well as DAB and DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting). There is also a push-to-talk button for voice control on the steering wheel.
The new integrated system for services and infotainment is available when ordering a new Volvo FH, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX and can be specified with media only, Dynafleet messaging, navigation or a combination of the three.