Smart speakers have revolutionised the home – and now Volvo Trucks is bringing the technology to the cab.

In response to customer feedback and demand following driver clinics, the manufacturer has announced that the Volvo FH, FH16 and FMX will all have Alexa capabilities available, depending on specification. It is hoped that the inclusion of the Amazon-developed system will help drivers get directions, listen to news and entertainment more easily and make phone calls.

The Volvo trucks with Alexa will retain the standard Volvo voice control system, giving drivers the option to use whichever method they prefer. Alexa-equipped models will be available from March 2021 in the UK, as well as in a number of other European countries such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 

“We have developed Volvo characteristics – including ergonomics, comfort and safety – and combined them with innovative technology, such as Alexa, to create an even more attractive and productive driver environment,” said Christian Coolsaet, managing director, Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland.

There are currently no restrictions on the use of Alexa and it is hoped the addition of the system will help keep drivers safe as it will allow drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road while directing commands.

“Volvo Trucks understands that voice technology is essential to create the optimal experience for drivers of their heavy-duty trucks and we’re excited that Alexa is the chosen voice service to deliver this,” added Ned Curic, vice president, Alexa Automotive. “Alexa can be a helpful friend on the road for Volvo truck drivers, keeping them connected, entertained and productive.”