Volvo Construction Equipment is bringing its new Map feature for its Haul Assist application to the North American market at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020. It allows operators to monitor hauler traffic around a jobsite and proactively adjust their driving according to traffic conditions. This update improves productivity and safety thanks to better communication and monitoring between machines.
“Haul Assist Map helps fleets work together as a more efficient unit,” says Robert Palermo, Product Manager, Articulated Haulers, Volvo CE. “Haul Assist, which launched in North America in 2019, allows operators and fleet managers to monitor the performance of their articulated hauler fleet to optimize haul cycles. It comes standard on Volvo A35G, A40G, A45G, A45G FS and A60H haulers and is an option for the A25G and A30G.
“It’s important that we continue working alongside customers to determine new features, like Map, that will help them operate more productively, efficiently and safely.”
Improving operator safety and productivity
Haul Assist Map is operated via Volvo Co-Pilot — an in-cab interface with a 10-in. touchscreen — and uses GPS to identify the position of all haulers fitted with the technology. Being able to monitor traffic flow helps operators anticipate the optimum arrival time at load or dump areas, avoiding congestion and waiting and improving overall site efficiency. On sites with restricted visibility, it has the added benefit of allowing operators to see where other haulers are, helping reduce potentially dangerous situations.
The hauler’s built-in GPS function combines with a digital connection via Volvo Co-Pilot to communicate with other machines, ensuring the machines know one another's position and accidents are avoided.
Volvo is also working on a future enhancement that will allow non-Volvo machines to use Haul Assist, including mapping, as long as the machines have GPS and SIM card connectivity.
Volvo CE first introduced Haul Assist Map to the European market in 2019. Read the original press release to learn more about the system's various functionalities.