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Volvo rolls out trucks with Android Auto, improved telematics in India

Volvo rolls out trucks with Android Auto, improved telematics in India
Photo Credit: Reuters
20 Sep, 2021

Commercial vehicle manufacturer Volvo Trucks India, a division of VE Commercial Vehicles Ltd (VECV), has announced the launch of six new trucks in the FM and FMX heavy-duty range. 

The new trucks are armed with Volvo Connect telematics solution and Android Auto in the new driver interface.

Manufactured at the company’s Hoskote factory, the new generation of trucks is designed for application in mining, road construction and infrastructure projects, e-commerce and over-dimensional cargo transportation, according to a statement.  

“Our trucks serve in some of the most demanding and time-critical applications and this new range of trucks are built to push the limits of productivity with a strong focus on improving the driver environment and safety,” said B Dinakar, senior vice president of Volvo Trucks India in the statement. He added, “Backed by world class service, we now have wider range of transport solutions to cater to the unique requirements of various applications in India.”

The key features for the new launch include a new driver interface for all models. The 12-inch digital driver interface displays all performance and maintenance parameters for the truck such as pre-trip check and intuitive traction display. 

Select variants include supplementary 9-inch touch screen display for infotainment, phone connectivity, driver guide, real-time driver behaviour mapping, transport information and camera monitoring. The vehicles can also have Android Auto and other third-party apps. Drivers can also connect their phones to the truck using Bluetooth for a safer experience. 

The service offering also includes Volvo Connect telematics solution which enables customers to see all performance parameters of the truck on a single platform.  This includes fleet management services like positioning, performance-boosting services like fuel and environment, real-time tracking of trucks as well as monitoring individual driver behaviour. These services are monitored and analysed through 12 Volvo Uptime Centres.