Hey Alexa, I'm driving my Volvo!
Most people are aware of the Amazon Alexa voice-activated digital assistant in the home environment. Volvo has become the first manufacturer to integrate the system into a range of trucks. It's already available on a small group of premium cars, mostly American. Now, as of March, Volvo FM, FMX, FH and FH16 models in the UK and Western Europe will be available with Alexa fully integrated into the Driver Interface digital dash system. The application is part of Amazon's Alexa Built-in programme, which adds the functionality of the system to all kinds of devices ranging from wrist watches to heavy trucks.
Alexa gives drivers seamless hands-free access to functions such as placing phone calls, listening to the news, including checking road and traffic conditions, obtaining route directions, and playing content such as music, podcasts and audiobooks.
Access to content on your smartphone is by a Bluetooth wireless connection. Details of costs are yet to be finalised, but we expect them to be incorporated into the audio package option.
Selwood adds six new multi-wheel DAF CFs to its fleet
Commercial pump rental specialist Selwood with added six new DAF CFs to its 55-strong HGV fleet.
The newcomers, which consist of five 370hp 6x2 26-tonners and a 410hp 8x2, all feature rear-steer axles.
Supplied by Lancashire DAF in Preston, they are fitted with beavertail and flatbed bodywork from PPS Commercials in Bury, with three of the 26-tonne 6x2s having Hiab cranes.
“We’re impressed with the DAF product and the aftersales support, hence the increasing presence on our fleet,” says head of transport Paul Green. “We’re especially pleased with the back-up from Lancashire DAF. They’re always on hand to help with any issues.”