Cab safety

Crashworthy cabs
The most common accident scenarios include a full frontal collision or a roll-over accident. When the cab is struck by an exterior object, its primary task is to transfer energy backwards in order to maintain sufficient survival space inside.

At Volvo Trucks we test our cabs thoroughly in a series of sequences, including the front pendulum test. And all cabs meet Swedish cab strength standards - the toughest in the world.

Absorbing the energy of the impact
There are tremendous forces at work in case of an accident. The power exposed to your body is likely to be at least twice the weight of your entire body. A person weighing 100 kg is exposed to a force equal to four tonnes when travelling at 50 km/h. That is why the cab interior needs to be energy-absorbent, in order to yield to the impact of the human body.

In all our cabins the steering wheel and the dashboard are energy-absorbent, as are the trims at knee height. All upholstery fabrics are also made of flameproof materials.

In addition, interior accessories such as the microwave oven and coffee maker are designed to be firmly attached to the cab structure. This ensures that they stay in place in case of collision or emergency braking manoeuvres.

FUPS - protecting fellow road users
In a collision the truck will often wedge a car in a deadly trap. To prevent this and to maximise the effect of car crumble zones, Volvo Trucks has developed the Front Under-run Protection System (FUPS).

FUPS is standard on the Volvo FH and the Volvo FM models. Using a 200 mm deep crumble zone, the penetration of the car's compartment is considerably reduced. FUPS increases the survival rate of the car's passengers. Additionally the truck bumper is located at the same height as that of a typical car bumper, so that the deformation zone of the car can be fully utilised.