Volvo releases satellite system

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Volvo Trucks became the first truckmaker to introduce a fully-integrated truck communications system with the launch of Volvo Link at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

The new system provides drivers with the ability to communicate with dispatchers and family while on the road, at a cost comparable to cellular technology.

Frank Bio, director of marketing programs with Volvo, the Volvo Link system is the first of its kind to be offered by a truck company.

“Volvo is the first OEM manufacturer to provide a satellite communications system that’s integrated into the chassis,” says Bio.

He adds the system is very cost-effective for users, and the company will waive the sign-up fee until Sept. 30 while offering the first three months of service for only US$30.

“The customer can actually control his costs with Volvo Link,” says Bio, noting various packages are available at an approximate monthly cost of US$30.

In addition to providing two-way messaging for the driver, the system is also capable of vehicle tracking.

“We can track a vehicle down to the actual lane it’s travelling in, that’s how accurate this GPS system gets,” says Bio.

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