Volvo Semi Trucks to Receive Semi-Autonomous Features and Apple Carplay
These semis are about as tech-friendly as they come.
Tesla and other auto companies are making huge strides towards fully autonomous commercial cars, but what about trucks? The New York Times published an article in 2014 about the huge hazard truck drivers become when they lose sleep, and the problem still hasn't been fixed. This year some of the biggest names in the car industry are working to alleviate this problem and develop self-driving trucks to move cargo faster and reduce accidents involving semi-trucks. Volvo is one of the leaders in this endeavor, and its vehicles are now more advanced than ever.
According to The Verge, Volvo's brand new VNL semi-truck series will feature the most cutting-edge technology the company can offer. The trucks aren't fully self-driving yet, but all new Volvo semis will come equipped with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and many other safety features in Volvo's Advanced Driver Assist Systems. This makes Volvo the first and only company to offer this technology as standard on its semis. These features will go a long way in negating deadly rear-end collisions caused by semi-trucks and make the highways that much safer.
The VNL series will also have an optional larger seven-inch infotainment with Apple Carplay, allowing for more hands-free smartphone usage without taking truckers' eyes off the road, according to The Verge.
The king of safety is still working tirelessly to make cars and trucks safer and hopes to wipe out truck crashes caused by driver error completely.
MORE TO READ
Volvo Made a Self-Steering Truck To Help Brazilian Farmers
Volvo’s autonomous steering system was designed to avoid running over sugarcane plants.
Norway Hopes Autonomous Electric Ships Can Replace Trucks
The country is looking to green up its system of cargo transportation.
Tesla Gives First Peek at Its Electric Semi Truck
Automaker reveals a sneak peek at its new electric semi truck set to be revealed later this year.
FedEx Wants the Feds to Develop Self-Driving Truck Laws
FedEx Freight president Michael Ducker thinks the U.S. government needs to settle on some rules for autonomous trucks.