As the American Trucking Associations Management Conference and Exhibition drew to a close this week, several major trucking manufacturers made equipment and technology announcements.
A recap of announcements made over the weekend can be seen here. Below are brief summaries of major announcements made Monday and Tuesday. Full coverage of ATA’s conference can be seen on Overdrive sister site CCJ here.
Volvo Trucks introduced its Volvo Active Driver Assist, a comprehensive collision mitigation system that combines both radar and camera capabilities to provide emergency braking and help drivers maintain a safe following distance through alerts and interventions.
Volvo Active Driver Assist is always active, providing stationary object detection with stationary vehicle braking, which sends audible and visual warnings if a non-moving, metallic object is detected in front of the truck. Braking assist will be applied – at speeds greater than 15 mph – when the system recognizes the stationary object as a vehicle, independent of whether cruise control is engaged. The driver will receive a warning up to 3.5 seconds before an imminent impact with the stationary vehicle, and, if no action is taken by the driver, Volvo Active Driver Assist will automatically engage the brakes.
Mack announced the launch of a new Mack ASIST mobile app that allows customers to manage service and unplanned events.
A cloud-based service relationship management tool, Mack ASIST keeps fleet customers, dealers and service providers, Mack field staff and Mack Uptime Center agents connected during service and repair events.
Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks announced the companies have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Geotab, a provider of end-to-end telematics technology.
The agreement would enable connectivity for older Mack and Volvo trucks not currently equipped with the companies’ integrated telematics solutions.
Details regarding the new service offerings through connected vehicle services have not yet been finalized but David Pardue, Mack vice president of connected vehicles and uptime services, says Geotab will be available for older vehicles and will not replace GuardDog Connect on newer trucks.
SAF-Holland has been chosen as standard position fifth wheel on International trucks with the company’s FW17 being the standard fifth wheel on International’s new LT Series truck.
Manufactured from cast-steel, the Holland FW17 is the lowest weight steel fifth wheel available. The FW17 is cast steel and features a precision machined locking system with greater kingpin contact area, providing longer lock life. A user friendly lock adjustment makes the adjustment process simple and readily accessible.