For drivers, loading and unloading is a time-consuming activity. Volvo Trucks has developed Work Remote, a wireless remote control device that streamlines load handling processes.
“For a haulage firm, it is important to have high productivity, which is all about transporting freight from point A to point B in the safest and most efficient way possible,” says Christer Pehrson, business manager long haul at Volvo Trucks.
In order to check that the weight of the cargo is properly distributed, at present the driver has to climb up into the cab several times during the loading process to check the load indicator in the instrument panel. Other load-related functions, such as raising or lowering the truck, are also currently performed from inside the cab. This takes a lot of time, is very tiring and represents a risk of driver injury since they could trip or fall.
The new device is a wireless remote control unit which brings together all the functions that the driver requires while loading or unloading.
With the Work Remote it is possible to control everything from raising and lowering of the truck’s air suspension system to kneeling the vehicle, activating the power take-off, regulating engine revs, switching off the engine and locking the truck. Extra controls fitted in the instrument panel via a Volvo Trucks accessory module can also be linked to the remote control, such as controls for a crane or pumps.
“In the remote control the driver can immediately see the indicated load weight and its distribution across the axles of both the truck and trailer,” says Mr Pehrson.
“For many, loading is a stressful task, and stress leads easily to accidents. With the Work Remote we eliminate much of this stress since the driver doesn’t have to run back and forth the whole time. If loading is easier, this also means there’s a more relaxed driver behind the wheel. This leads indirectly to a more alert driver and promotes improved traffic safety,” he says.Ida Mattsson +46 31 323 63 42 [email protected]