Volvo tests artificial intelligence in truck safety

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Volvo Trucks North America, along with automated vehicle software provider Perceptive Automata and customer Dependable Highway Express (DHE), is proving the potential to raise drivers’ safety performance by leveraging human intuition artificial intelligence that predicts pedestrian, cyclist and motorist actions. The manufacturer recognizes the need for improved safety for all road users, specifically to augment situational awareness and better anticipate human behavior while on the road. It demonstrated a proof-of-concept, based on Perceptive Automata’s artificial intelligence software, with a Volvo VNR 300 regional-haul model at DHE’s Ontario, Calif., headquarters.

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MANUFACTURERS – APRIL 2019

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Ryan Suszek transitions this month from Besser Co. vice president of Pipe and Precast to president, succeeding Kevin Curtis and becoming the sixth individual to hold the title in the manufacturer’s 115-year history. “The concrete products industry provides countless opportunities for collaboration and growth. I’m excited to lead the team at Besser in operational improvements and work closely with producers to create new and grow existing partnerships,” Suszek affirms.

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Volvo bundles “Payload Plus” components for bulk-ready VNR series

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New packages for Volvo Trucks’ VNR regional haul series net significant weight savings, helping maximize payload and fuel efficiency in weight-sensitive tanker or bulk-haul applications. Now in production, the “Payload Plus” offering provides a simple, model-based way to shave up to 540 lbs. Packages include horizontal exhaust, aluminum wheels and lightweight chassis components; additional opportunities to reduce weight based on application entail optimized wheelbases and frame rail thicknesses.

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Volvo programs autonomous dump truck as ‘limestone transport solution’

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Volvo Trucks North America parent, Volvo Truck Corp. of Sweden, recently entered an agreement to equip Norway limestone producer Brønnøy Kalk AS with six dump body-bearing FH cabover models programmed for driverless operation. Following individual vehicle demonstrations last year, the fleet will be deployed in 2019 to haul rock from underground mine to crusher—navigating a three-mile tunnel and outdoor road route at a wheel loader operator’s direction.

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MANUFACTURERS – JANUARY 2016

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Command Alkon has promoted Monty Newport to senior vice president, responsible sales and service functions supporting the company’s integrated software solutions for construction materials industries. He has held sales and service management positions throughout a 23-year tenure at the Birmingham, Ala.-based company.

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Link engineers 6×2 Pusher Axle For Volvo, Mack Programs

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After a year of product engineering and collaboration, Iowa-based Link Manufacturing Ltd. announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show a multi-year manufacturing agreement for Volvo Trucks’ new 6×2 program. It centers on a lift axle configuration featuring Link’s robust 20K DuraMax axle with a modified 9-in. drop center. Other features include patented adjustable mounting brackets; compact frame mounting; unique air bag locations to ensure rapid axle deployment; and, open designed lift spring, greatly reducing road debris entrapment.

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