Both have been introduced, says Volvo, to overcome common scenarios identified via its accident research programme.
The Lane Keeping Assist function works when the truck reaches a speed of 55kph and the vehicle camera can fully monitor road lane markings. When engaged, the system turns the steering wheel slightly in the appropriate direction and notifies the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel.
With Stability Assist, says Carl Johan Almqvist, traffic and product safety director at Volvo Trucks, the system can identify the potential skid and help to stabilise the vehicle “before you’ve even noticed that something is about to happen”.
In addition to these, Volvo Trucks is introducing a function to enable drivers to adjust steering wheel resistance in trucks equipped with Volvo Dynamic Steering.
“Each driver has a different perception of how light or heavy the steering system should be,” explains Almqvist. “Now, every driver can adjust the steering wheel resistance exactly as he or she wants... this is a very practical feature, not least for trucks that often have different drivers.”