Volvo presents new Dynamic Steering system

Just a couple of months after the launch of the new FH series in Europe, Volvo Trucks is presenting a new technical innovation. The 'Dynamic Steering' system combines conventional hydraulic power steering with an electronically regulated electric motor fitted to the steering gear. The result is supposed to allow for more precise steering, resulting a safer, more comfortable and more enjoyable working environment.

“This patented technology benefits the truck driver in all operating conditions. On the highway the dynamic steering system offers unbeatable directional stability. At low speeds even a heavily loaded truck is so easy to steer that you can do so with one finger,” said Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

An electronically controlled electric motor attached to the steering shaft is at the heart of the Dynamic Steering system. The electric motor, which works together with the truck's hydraulic power steering, has a maximum of 25 Nm of torque and is regulated thousands of times per second by the electronic control unit.

“The task of the electric motor is to deliver perfect steering feel for every single moment of operation. For instance, the system's sensors note that the driver wants to drive straight ahead and automatically ensures that no interference from the road surface is allowed to filter up through the steering wheel,” said Gustav Neander, project manager for Volvo Dynamic Steering (pictured).

“At low speeds the electric motor's assistance makes the truck exceptionally easy to steer. Even a heavily loaded construction truck operating off-road on a rough surface can be steered without the slightest effort. Truck drivers who've tested the system during the development process have all been highly impressed.”

Gary Bone, Vice President of Volvo Trucks for Australia Sales says while the date for release is not locked-in, truck drivers in Australia and New Zealand can look forward to experiencing the new technology in 2014. 

“This innovation will support the driver to reduce fatigue, drive safely and increase productivity – but it will have to be experienced to be fully appreciated. We look forward to giving our customers an opportunity to experience Volvo Dynamic Steering next year,” he said.

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