Volvo Adds Bluetooth Connectivity As Standard Feature on Trucks [Transport Topics]
(Transport Topics Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Volvo Trucks in North America announced in December that it will offer its Bluetooth-equipped radio as standard equipment on all VN and VHD models.
The addition is in response to a federal ban on commercial drivers' use of handheld mobile devices while driving, which became effective on Jan. 1.
"Mobile devices are valuable business tools for professional drivers, but we also recognize the need to operate these devices responsibly," Ron Huibers, VTNA's senior vice president for sales and marketing, said in a press release. "In-cab Bluetooth connectivity allows drivers to keep both hands on the wheel."
The package includes a radio unit, a highly sensitive microphone mounted in the overhead console and full audio delivered through the truck's speaker system, the release said.
"While the Bluetooth system utilizes the highly visible Driver Information Display, our unique integrated system prioritizes critical driver messages, like active safety alerts or vehicle operational warnings," said Frank Bio, VTNA's product manager. "The information hierarchy we've developed and integrated into our trucks means phone calls will not impede drivers from receiving the vital information they need about their vehicle or driving conditions. The system extends the phone's features, such as answering the phone by pushing one button, as required in the regulation."
The system includes an AM/FM radio and has CD and MP3 capabilities, which are accessible through an auxiliary and USB connector installed in a dash switch location.
Volvo Trucks is part of the Volvo Group, which is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. The company makes trucks, heavy-diesel engines, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, and aerospace components.- E&MU
Volvo's Bluetooth-equipped radio unit allows drivers to conduct phone calls through the truck's speaker and microphone system.
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