Features Truck News — 27 March 2017

Volvo trucks has set out to create a safer and more efficient cabin by combining the entertainment and navigation and fleet management tools into a single fully-integrated system in new FH, FM and FMX models.

Controlled by touch screen, voice commands and steering wheel buttons, the system amalgamates all of the truck’s systems and means a driver can easily create a more personal environment, and control all aspects with both hands on the wheel.

“The new system for services and infotainment allows drivers to really personalise their workspace,” said chief project manager Anders Edenholm.

“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. It increases 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, coordinates 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, and 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 assignments,” Edenholm added.

“Because Dynafleet OnBoard and Navigation are integrated, drivers can receive messages with GPS coordinates and in just with a few seconds start navigating to their next assignment. 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 well as digital radio. There is also a push-to-talk button for voice control on the steering wheel.