The Volvo Trucks Customer Center in Dublin, Virginia, has completed construction that will triple the size of its now three-mile testing course. The additions include two elevations designed to demonstrate radius and grade changes, as well as a one-mile straightaway for customers to accelerate to highway speeds.
“The Volvo Customer Center illustrates further investment in Volvo Trucks’ footprint in North America where customers can demo entire product lines of our new battery-electric truck models and vocational vehicles while being safely guided by our team of skilled CDL drivers,” said Rob Simpson, director of the Volvo Trucks Customer Center. “VDS [Volvo Dynamic Steering] is transforming how drivers operate by eliminating much of the work behind the wheel while reducing strain for better comfort and enabling safer and easier steering. Customers can test all the safety and driver comfort features on the customer experience track designed with new S-curves and concrete curb drops that simulate a real-world truck driving experience.”
The new customer experience track includes grade changes with a 6-7% increase at its steepest points and tighter S-curves. The track also features an 8-inch concrete curb drop used to simulate what drivers might experience in real-world situations, allowing customers to test the VDS system.