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Several solutions that assist the driver of the vehicles are developed and used by the Volvo Group.
Enhanced braking systems
The collision warning with emergency brake and the stretch brake are two safety features developed by the Volvo Group in 2012.
The first one is a cutting edge emergency braking system that is equipped with an early collision warning. It automatically assists the driver in emergency braking if an impact is imminent, thus reducing the risk of severe injuries. Emergency braking systems will become mandatory by 2015 in heavy-duty trucks, however the Volvo Group’s new system already meet those requirements. Most systems only have one sensor, but this system has two, a radar and a camera, which provides much greater ability to accurately identify vehicles. The display, which flashes red lights on the windshield when a potential collision is identified, is another unique feature, which is designed to alert the driver before emergency braking is necessary.
The technology used in the stretch brake feature is also a first in the industry. In certain situations, such as turning or driving downhill on a slippery road, the trailer risks catching up with the truck, creating a hazardous jack-knife effect. The stretch brake is a feature designed to stop that from happening. By pulse braking the trailer, the vehicle combination is stretched and the danger reduced. The system can be automatically activated in risky situations at speeds up to 50 km/h.
Both safety features are available for the new Volvo FH truck. The collision warning with emergency brake is optional, while the stretch brake is standard on rigid trucks.
Safe and simple vessel control
Accessories based on the Volvo Penta electronic vessel control system offer a number of features to assist the driver of a boat. One example is the Dynamic Positioning System that lets you hold and keep your boat’s position and heading within a very limited area. This assists the driver when preparing for docking, waiting for refueling or firefighting from a fixed position.