GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Volvo Trucks has announced that the Bose Ride seat suspension system is now available for order as a factory-installed option on its VNM and VNL highway tractors. Officials say Volvo is the first North American truck manufacturer to offer factory installation of the Bose Ride system. Beginning mid-summer, Volvo will also become the first manufacturer to offer Sears Seating’s new driver’s seat, the Atlas II, as a factory-installed option. Sears Seating’s Sentry models will also be available as an option on Volvo VNM and VNL models.
“Volvo is continuously looking to leverage the latest product offerings and technologies as we build on our reputation for driver comfort and help ensure Volvo drivers are the industry’s most productive,” said Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks product manager – trucks.
The Bose Ride system is designed to intelligently control the motion of the driver’s seat to cancel harmful vibrations that can lead to pain and injury – during and after the drive. Bose claims the system counteracts up to 90% of the vibrations that drivers feel from the road, which officials say likens the experience to riding in a high-end passenger car.
“We are excited about collaborating with a company that shares our commitment to providing fleets and drivers with the best tools to do their jobs effectively,” Bio said. “The clear health and comfort benefits make the Bose Ride system a natural fit for Volvo trucks.”
The Bose Ride system continuously senses, analyzes and counteracts forces from the road, which officials say leads to greater driver comfort, with less fatigue, fewer headaches, reduced soreness and improved back health. Bose officials not that improved driver comfort and health can contribute to reduced driver turnover. The system was engineered to replace conventional air-ride truck seats with a Bose suspension base and an integrated, custom-designed seat top. It has the same form factor as a conventional seat and is compatible with common installation and maintenance procedures, according to the company.
Building on its original Atlas model, the Atlas II by Sears Seating features “new contemporary styling, improved seat extension and tilt and redesigned, intuitive controls,” according to officials. The seats can be customized from a variety of features, including heat, massage and swivel, and a wide range of colours in either cloth or leather fabric. The seats also feature Sears Seating’s ToggleLink Air Suspension and adjustable air lumbar support.
“We’re pleased to be the first manufacturer to offer Sear Seating’s exceptional air-ride seating options, built with a strong focus on quality and comfort,” Bio said. “The Atlas II and Sentry models give Volvo customers an excellent selection of driver-oriented features.”