A Hills truck fitted with Volvo safety features

Hills fits Volvo safety package

Published:  30 November, 2015

Hills Waste Solutions is one of the first operators in the UK to specify Volvo's Active Safety Package on three new FH-500, 6x2 tractor units bought for the company's bulk articulated fleet.

The Active Safety Package specified by Hills features autonomous emergency braking systems (AEBS) and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning. Further safety systems support the driver, including a driver alert support system, lane departure warning system and lane change support system.

Collections and fleet manager Nathan Carr said: ‘Our latest FH 6x2 tractor units are equipped with the autonomous emergency braking system. This a major advancement in vehicle safety and Hills was one of the first in the UK to fit this.'

AEBS means the truck will automatically brake when it senses that it is closing in on an object in its path ahead. It uses a combination of a forward facing camera and a radar scanner to detect and identify objects and determine whether they are stationary or moving forward at a lower speed than the truck.

Other specifications of the new FHs include the I-Shift gearbox which helps the driver concentrate on the road ahead knowing the truck is in the right gear.

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