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Steel contributes to safer Volvo.

Volvo Trucks--the Sweden-based company that should not be confused with Volvo Cars, which is owned by the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group of Hangzhou, China--has just launched a new model, the Volvo FH. According to Carl Johan Almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director at Volvo Trucks, "We've utilized new technology, new materials, and everything we've learned since our most recent new cab. We've used all this to build an even safer truck. The result is the world's safest Volvo."

Given that "Volvo" is pretty much synonymous with "safety," to call it the "world's safest" is to say a lot.

How is this safety being achieved? In large part through the utilization of high strength steel.

For example, dual-phase steel is being used for collision-absorbing beams and in the doors. Boron steel is being used in the cab structure. Said Robert Ritzen, who was in charge of materials for the FH cab, "By using these new grades of steel, we can build a stronger cab without increasing its weight. This way, we enhance safety without compromising on payload capacity."

Other contributors to making this a safe truck are a variety of electronics systems, including lane-keeping support, lane-changing support, adaptive cruise control, and driver alert support.

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Title Annotation:NOTABLE
Publication:Automotive Design & Production
Date:Oct 1, 2012
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