Volvo Vehicles‘ new Dynamic Steering choice is “like having an additional hand on the wheel”
Volvo Vehicles North America, throughout a press tour at its Dublin, Virginia, truck manufacturing plant, has launched Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) – an electrically assisted hydraulic steering system designed to minimize steering enter, serving to cut back driver fatigue and enhance highway security.
Volvo’s VDS, which debuted in Europe for the 2014 mannequin yr, shall be out there as an choice within the Volvo VNL and VNR fashions in early 2020.
Based on a survey of 250 drivers carried out by Volvo, 82% of respondents reported being in ache on the highway, with 63% reporting they usually go to a health care provider to be able to cope.
VTNA Product Advertising Supervisor Chris Stadler mentioned VDS compensates as much as 9 ft of torque within the steering column – the equal of getting an additional hand on the wheel – whereas additionally eliminating vibration and providing directional stability.
The energetic steering system options an electrical motor mounted on prime of the hydraulic steering gear. Enter from a number of car sensors – at over 2,000 instances per second – determines the suitable steering response, “reacting earlier than the motive force can react,” Stadler mentioned.
The self-learning system displays the motive force’s actions, environmental elements and highway situations, offering extra torque when wanted and supporting driver response with better management and fewer abrupt maneuvering.
At low speeds, the system requires 85% much less effort from the motive force to show the wheel. Steering “tightens” at larger speeds, offering extra directional stability.
The system’s Automobile Stability Management results in elevated directional stability on the freeway, which gives a extra relaxed and secure driving expertise with full management in any respect speeds. The Return-to-Middle characteristic permits the steering wheel to return to the middle place when the truck is in movement, making it simpler to reverse the car and maneuver in tight areas.
Dampening permits the steering system to filter enter from the highway and, based mostly on suggestions from a number of onboard sensors, improves dealing with and car stability.
Lead/Pull Compensation gives a torque offset throughout the steering system to compensate for topped roads, persistent crosswinds and different short-term situations that may have a destructive have an effect on on dealing with.
If there’s a system failure, Stadler mentioned the motive force is notified and may proceed with typical steering.
Testing, Stadler mentioned, has proven that VDS has the potential to chop muscular pressure by as much as 30% and for some particular motions, muscular pressure might be decreased as much as 70%.
Stadler famous the system, which he referred to as “a contributor to the way forward for autonomous improvement,” can be a device for driver recruitment and retention in that it gives a extra relaxed surroundings, is simpler to maneuver at low speeds and gives full car-like steering help.
VDS shall be out there for order later this yr with manufacturing set for April 2020.
The launch of VDS stateside is a part of Volvo’s push to turn into “leaders in innovation,” a objective of firm president Roger Alm. “We wish to be forward in technical innovation. We have to show to our clients daily that we’re higher than our opponents. Whereas different truck firms change with the instances, we’re dedicated to altering the instances.”
“[VDS] is revolutionary,” added Magnus Koeck, Volvo’s vp of promoting and model administration. “Nobody else is even shut.”