VOLVO STARTS OFFERING FULL DRIVER SUPPORT
Volvo has unveiled its Driver Support System (DSS), which incorporates all of the safety functions required by law in many commercial vehicles from November.
DSS is available on the B8R and B11R coach chassis, including the 9700, and will be fitted as standard on all those ordered going forward. It includes emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Additionally, on the B11R, adaptive cruise control (ACC) can be specified in conjunction with the I-Shift gearbox. ACC will not be offered on the B8R, Volvo has confirmed.
The system will both be available for lefthand and righthand steering vehicles. The first right-hand drive coach with DSS, a Euro 6 9700, entered service with GoBus.ie in Ireland in March and is part of a European trial being undertaken by Volvo in Ireland, Germany and Austria.
The operators’ participation in this testing is not restricted to simply driving the vehicles. They are also required to download data on a regular basis and transmit these to Volvo in Sweden. While the field testing continues, DSS has now been introduced into serial production at the Volvo Bus chassis plant in Borås, Sweden and the complete vehicle plant in Wrocław, Poland.