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Safety

The world’s safest Volvo

Focusing on safety, says director of product management Fred Whitt, has been a part of Volvo Trucks’ mindset since the outset. And its effects ripple outward. “From a humanitarian perspective, it’s the right thing to do,” Whitt says. “It’s not just about protecting the driver, it’s about protecting everybody else on the road as well.”

In the new Volvo VNL, safety is not a collection of features. It’s a design imperative, built from the inside out. “We set the standard for safety, so we can’t compromise. We can’t take shortcuts,” says Whitt. “We have always held ourselves to a higher standard because it’s been part of our makeup from the very beginning.”

Safety 

The one and only “Volvo is the only…” When you talk about safety with the people at Volvo Trucks’ Greensboro, NC, headquarters, you hear a lot of sentences start that way.

The Volvo VNL is the only longhaul truck with a warning that displays on the windshield. Volvo trucks are the only trucks with standard driver-side airbags.

A fortress at the center But it starts at the heart of things—the cab. Fortified more than ever before, the Volvo VNL cab exceeds the new, tougher ECE29 standards.

“Nobody tests their cabs like we do,” Whitt says. “Our competitors like to say they ‘meet or exceed’ crash standards, which means they meet them. We exceed them.”

The Volvo VNL is the only longhaul cabs built from highstrength steel. Which is why the Volvo VNL is the only longhaul truck that exceeds both of the globally acknowledged crash safety tests.

We set the standard for safety, so we can't compromise

Safely seated When Volvo Trucks put new, more comfortable seats in the Volvo VNL, they offered a rollover bag that was integrated in the driver’s seat.

Their advanced seats also allow more relaxed driving and improves visibility over the front of the truck, further decreasing blind spots. And every seat is sled-tested to meet the company’s rigid standards

Active measures Core strength protects drivers in a crash, but the new VNL has technology to actively avoid accidents.

One option: advanced front-end collision avoidance that senses when a vehicle is rapidly slowing or stopped on the highway and begins actively braking. Another available system senses when the trailer is in danger of rolling or jackknifing and applies brakes to individual wheels to stabilize the truck.

“Not only do these technologies protect drivers, they cut costs,” brand development director Rob Simpson says. “Instead of a devastating rollover that causes injury, totals the truck and damages the load, you might end up with minor property damage.”

Finding another gear Even when you’re talking about features that don’t seem to be primarily about safety, it finds its way into the conversation. The Volvo VNL is the only longhaul truck with I-Shift… and fleets that switch to I-Shift have reported 22% fewer accidents.

“With I-Shift drivers don’t have to worry about catching a gear if they’re pulling out of a parking lot on grade,” Simpson says. “They can pull in and out of traffic in a safe, controlled way.”

Safety is not just part of the Volvo product, Simpson says. “Safety is in the Volvo DNA.”

Safety Highlights

Safety Packages

Make the safest even safer

Safety is not optional, but Volvo Active Driver Assist, electric backup alarm plus a park brake alarm and fire extinguisher comprise the Safety+ package. Add the Volvo Active Driver Assist with Lane Change Support, Lane Departure Warning, a security immobilizer system and a Rolltek driver seat with air bag and you give your drivers the Safety ++ package—the safest Volvo truck ever built.

Quiet Cab

Quiet and clear

Engine noise and vibration directly attribute to driver fatigue. “When you’re fatigued you tend to make mistakes or not react as fast,” Simpson says. A new common rail fuel delivery system, wave fuel injectors and other engine modifications make the Volvo VNL quieter and smoother running. Double seals and exacting specifications on the cab doors shut out even more noise.

Heads-Up Display

Warnings on the glass

New display projects a warning signal onto the windshield, instantly alerting drivers to critical messaging without taking their eyes off the road. Volvo Enhanced Cruise uses heads up display to warn if the truck is too close to the vehicle in front of it — and will de-throttle the engine and actively brake to help prevent a collision.

Rollover Air Bag

A brand new bag

The Volvo VNL adds the option of a rollover airbag for the driver. Built into the seat, this airbag deploys in case of a rollover to prevent contact with the side of the cab. Rollover bag complements the standard steering wheelmounted drive-side airbag.