Questionnaire for Volvo Truckers

Discussion in 'Volvo Forum' started by xeleris, Sep 15, 2022.

  1. xeleris

    xeleris Bobtail Member

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    Hello everyone! I’m an industrial designer working on redesigning a steering wheel for Volvo Trucks, and I wanted to reach out to some truckers for some insight! I’ve got some questions for people to chime in on below, so if you’ve got some good answers/opinions/general insight, please feel free to chime in! Thanks!

    1. What is the most important data to keep track of/monitor while trucking?
    2. What are some multitasking routines that trucking requires?
    3. What are some of the buttons/switches that you press the most while trucking?
    4. What do you like the most/least about the interior layout of your truck?
    5. What do you like the most/least about the interior features of your truck?
    6. What is the most comfortable hand position for holding the wheel when trucking long distances (10 and 2, 9 and 3, etc.)
    7. Have you driven with a brodie/suicide knob before? Is it something you prefer in tight spaces?
    8. Does the steering wheel in your truck have buttons that maybe shouldn’t be there/could be located somewhere else?
    9. Do you prefer a thicker/thinner steering wheel?
    10. Would interchangeability of buttons/button layouts on the steering wheel be beneficial to you?
    11. What are some features that you would like to see incorporated into your steering wheel?
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2022
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  3. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    Nothing but a city horn on the steering wheel would be great..
     
  4. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    Perfect steering wheel layout...
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    And yes I have experience with Volvos wheel... Over 500k miles with them. I hated all the buttons on the wheel in the Volvo... Oh yeah... Those stupid rocker switch buttons were the worst. I think I counted 19 seperate functions on the wheel of mine.
     
  5. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    Exactly!
    Peterbilt went and ruined it now with all the BS on the steering wheel. There’s now a wheel (button) at the 3 O’clock position I’m constantly hitting that changes my dash configuration.

    Just sold a 2021 Volvo that I drove 50 miles..hated where they put the city horn..
     
  6. Siinman

    Siinman Road Train Member

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    Not a fan of the city horn or the air horn. Would love the air horn back on a wire
     
  7. wichris

    wichris Road Train Member

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    Every time i move one in the yard i scare the crap out of me hitting the city horn.
     
  8. Siinman

    Siinman Road Train Member

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    I hit the horn when I am fueling half the time It seems like. Can't stand it myself.
     
  9. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

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    I can't drive without my smart wheel. I don't know why they even have peddles now. They just take up space.
     
    Concorde Thanks this.
  10. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

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    foot rests at the 8 and 4 o’clock positions would be good.
     
  11. Snailexpress

    Snailexpress Road Train Member

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    More buttons means more distraction, more places to fail, more expensive diagnostic.
     
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