NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Bose has introduced its next-generation vibration-cancelling Ride System, which offers drivers multiple settings and improved ergonomics.
It also comes with a built-in driver orientation module to help drivers learn about the seat’s capabilities.
“With the Bose Ride system II, more drivers can feel safer, recover faster, and expect a longer driving career, while traveling over more varying road conditions,” said Mike Rosen, Bose Ride chief engineer and general manager, while introducing the seat at the Technology & Maintenance Council’s spring meeting. “The Bose Ride system II is now an even better tool for fleets looking to improve their business performance.”
The new seat comes with three settings: Soft, Middle and Firm. Rosen acknowledged not all drivers liked the feel of the previous seat – at least initially. The multiple settings will allow each driver to find the setting that works best for them, and in some cases they may graduate up from the firm setting to soft, which offers the full benefits of protection against vibrations.
The Soft setting provides the smoothest ride and maximum protection against road-induced shaking, Rosen explained. The Middle setting gently follows road contours and protects the driver from shakes and bumps, while offering a slightly firmer ride than the Soft setting.
The Firm setting protects the driver while adapting the ride for rough on-road and even off-road environments, providing the best protection against bottoming in harsh conditions. It also offers a more familiar feel for drivers transitioning to the Bose Ride from traditional air-suspension seats.
The new Ride System has been designed to handle a wider variety of applications, Rosen noted. While it was initially designed as an on-highway product, customers have put it through a wide range of environments and so the new-generation seat has been designed with that in mind.
Also new is a built-in driver orientation, which allows first-time users to understand how to get the most out of the seat. The high-speed electromagnetic motor is used as a speaker to play an informational audio track, while providing the motion necessary for the driver to experience what to expect from the seat.
The seat top has been redesigned by Sears Manufacturing to provide improved comfort.
The Bose Ride System II will be available beginning April 1, and won’t be priced higher than the current product. When bought in batches of 100 the Ride System costs US$2,995 per seat. Ten to 99 units will cost US$3,695 per seat.
Volvo is the only truck maker to offer the seat as a factory-installed option. It will be offering the new version later this spring.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies