Volvo Construction Equipment is rolling out a new Map feature on its Haul Assist application that will allow operators to monitor hauler traffic around a job site and proactively adjust their driving according to traffic conditions.
The update is meant to improve productivity and safety through better communication and monitoring between machines and will debut at Conexpo in March.
“Haul Assist Map helps fleets work together as a more efficient unit,” said 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."
Operated via Volvo Co-Pilot—an in-cab interface with a 10-inch touch screen—Haul Assist Map 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.
Help for ADT operators
The application uses the hauler’s built-in GPS function for positioning and combines it with a digital connection via Volvo Co-Pilot to communicate with other machines. The system can also record how fast the hauler is traveling and emit an alert to remind operators to maintain a safe working speed.
The Map function can plot out haul routes to help operators navigate their way around the site and highlight when the hauler is approaching a single-lane section that is already occupied. The map can also highlight reference points or notable areas of the site.
Expansion to non-Volvo ADTs
Volvo says it 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.