Bose Corp., a maker of premium sound systems, has introduced a suspension seat for truck drivers that actively responds to electronically measured cab motions to stabilize the seat.
The Bose Ride system replaces a conventional air ride truck seat with a Bose suspension base and integrated, custom designed seat top. It provides over-the-road truckers with what the company describes as “an unprecedented level of protection from road-induced shocks and vibration.”
During the announcement today, Jan. 27, at Bose’s headquarters in Framingham, Mass., officials declined to give the product’s price or say which seat maker is providing the seat top.
The heart of the system is a high-powered linear actuator capable of countering the forces on the seat caused by road disturbances. It includes other components such as sensors, as well as an amplifier that energizes the actuator to counteract road disturbances before they ever reach the driver. It works on a principle similar to noise-canceling microphones, and draws less than 50 watts of power.
The system is compatible with most makes and models of heavy trucks, and can be installed by a trained mechanic in less than two hours.
It will be available on a build-to-order basis for large fleets in March, and will be sold to owner-operators following fleet availability.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.