Volvo FM - Chassis Safety 2

Volvo FM

Short Facts

Gross Combination Weight:
18 - 120 tonnes

Chassis height:
810 to 1000 mm

Engines:
D11C:  330, 370, 410, 450 hp
D13C:  460, 500 hp

Chassis safety

Warns of potential side collision
Lane Changing Support (LCS) keeps an eye on the blind spot to the passenger's offset rear that the rear-view mirrors cannot cover.  When the driver operates the turn signal indicator and intends to change lanes, the LCS system's radar unit first checks whether there is a vehicle in the blind spot.  If there is, the driver is alerted via a light signal.

Adaptive cruise control keeps the distance
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is an active cruise control system that makes it easy to blend in smoothly with the flow of traffic and maintain safe distance to the vehicle in front.

With ACC, the driver selects the time gap to keep as a distance to the vehicle in front.  The ACC system then keeps this time gap through automatic operation of the throttle and brakes.  The ACC's gap monitoring system is based on a highly advanced radar function.

Electronically controlled fast brakes
Electronically controlled Brake System (EBS) disc brakes offer distinct and well-balanced brake feel combined with heat-resistant disc installation and simple service.  They are characterised by high braking effect, while electronic control results in immensely swift response with a short stopping distance.  EBS is available in Medium and High program packages.

Brake stabilisation forgives the driver
Electronic Stability Program (ESP) promotes safe and secure braking with the possibility of redistributing braking force between the various wheels as necessary.

ESP operates actively to brake each wheel individually.  For instance, the system registers if the truck's speed is excessive and the vehicle is on the verge of skidding or rolling over in a curve, and even if the trailer shows signs of starting to weave in a fast emergency avoidance manoeuvre.  ESP is included in EBS High and is available for all tractors and is also available on rigids with the 6x2 air suspended bogie.