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New Freightliner options designed to add to driver comfort

Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Bose Ride system allows drivers to customize their ride. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)
The Bose Ride system allows drivers to customize their ride. (Courtesy: DAIMLER TRUCKS NORTH AMERICA)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — New options from Freightliner Trucks for the Freightliner Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution will add to the driver’s overall comfort, safety and productivity, company officials said here during the Mid-America Trucking Show.

“The Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution were built with the driver experience in mind – whether they’re on the job or on a break. We want to keep them safe on the road, and improve their time away from home,” said Mary Aufdemberg, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks.

New options for the Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution include:

• Bose Ride system II truck seat suspension. Studies have shown that almost half of all truck drivers suffer from fatigue and pain levels serious enough to interfere with their work.

The Bose Ride system eliminates this problem for nearly all drivers*, regardless of vehicle specification.

As a result, drivers feel safer, recover faster, and expect to have a longer driving career. Featuring advanced technologies including sensors and a powerful regenerative electromagnetic motor, the system counteracts the shaking and jarring potentially experienced by drivers on the road. Introduced earlier this year, this next-generation Bose Ride system features a Ride Control selector, allowing drivers to customize their ride; enhanced seat-top ergonomics for improved driver comfort; and a new built-in driver orientation module to help first-time users understand how to get the most from the system. 

• SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) from Bendix CVS. Improper tire inflation both increases tire-related costs and has a detrimental impact on fuel efficiency. SmarTire TPMS shows real-time pressure and temperature status on a dash display, instantly informing the driver if there is a tire problem on the road. The sensor is mounted inside of the tire on the wheel to capture accurate tire temperature and pressure and to protect the sensor from damage.

• Flat Screen TV mount with antenna. The Cascadia and Cascadia Evolution roomy cabs offer features such as a plush memory foam mattress, ample storage and waist-level refrigerator. Drivers can now add a swivel TV mount for up to a 26-inch flat screen TV with an antenna that can be securely stored when not in use.

*As reported to Bose during the “Impact to Ride Quality on Truck Driver Health & Safety. A TCA Member Fleet Case Study,” March 11, 2014.

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