Volvo Trucks makes Bluetooth standard
Dec 20, 2011 2:31 PM
In advance of the federal ban—effective January 1, 2012—on commercial drivers’ use of hand-held mobile devices while driving, Volvo Trucks in North America will now offer its Bluetooth-equipped radio as standard equipment on all VN and VHD models.
“Mobile devices are valuable business tools for professional drivers, but we also recognize the need to operate these devices responsibly,” said Ron Huibers, Volvo Trucks senior vice-president, sales and marketing. “Like the Volvo I-Shift transmission, in-cab Bluetooth connectivity allows drivers to keep both hands on the wheel.”
Volvo’s standard Bluetooth radio 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 integrated design allows drivers to view pertinent incoming and outgoing call information on the vehicle’s Driver Information Display.
“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, Volvo Trucks product manager–trucks. “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.”
Besides the Bluetooth mobile phone system, the radio has AM, FM, CD, and MP3 capabilities, accessible through an auxiliary and USB connector installed in a dash switch location.
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