One area in the transport sector where efficiency can be improved is loading. 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 tiring and represents a risk of driver injury with potential trips or falls.
Volvo have developed a 'Work Remote' to help save time and reduce the risk factor. The device is a wireless remote control unit which brings together all the functions that the driver requires while loading or unloading. With the device, users can 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.