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Volvo IShift Dash Integration


Jack Mayer

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For those that have never seen this, you should be aware that the IShift panel can be specified in the dash, instead of attached to the seat. This allows the seat to swivel farther (for one thing). And it makes entry to the rear easier (for another thing).

 

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I'll keep my $35k truck. My account can use the extra $95k :)

You SHOULD keep it Phil, because you could never replace what you have for anywhere near that amount.

 

Geeze, if you don't buy the new truck can you retire a year sooner? It is coming fast...I remember when it was like 8 years to go....

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I'm a little surprised by the placement. Lincoln is currently recalling a bunch of vehicles for having the transmission and start/stop buttons too close to the radio/nav screen. (Most of the concern was over the potential disabling of the airbags if the ignition is turned off, which is a little different here.)

 

I guess they're counting on that transmission making it into other trucks if they're sticking with a DIN format. I would have thought the button panel right below the brake controls would have been a more logical choice. Nothing like putting the truck in neutral because you hit a bump while adjusting the radio...

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A few years back, Kenworth offered an 11-button steering wheel. Perhaps Volvo can put some +/- buttons on the wheel or the engine brake stalk to keep eyes on the road and hands on/near the wheel.

 

Speaking of which, if you + or - an IShift, how do you give control back to Otto?

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Speaking of which, if you + or - an IShift, how do you give control back to Otto?

My freedomline has an auto/manual button. I am betting the I-shift does also...maybe that "M" button??

 

EDIT: That is exactly what the "M" button is.

The operators manual says:

R, N, D and M. When the selector is in the R position, the reverse gears are engaged. The N position places the transmission in neutral. The D position is the automatic drive mode. The M position allows the driver to manually select the operating and starting gear.

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My freedomline has an auto/manual button. I am betting the I-shift does also...maybe that "M" button??

 

EDIT: That is exactly what the "M" button is.

The operators manual says:

R, N, D and M. When the selector is in the R position, the reverse gears are engaged. The N position places the transmission in neutral. The D position is the automatic drive mode. The M position allows the driver to manually select the operating and starting gear.

We spec'd our truck with the iShift dash console option. Much cleaner look and we won't rub our legs on the stick.

Yes, the "M" is for manual. the "+" & "-" is for the shifting. The iShift will let you know how many gears up or down you have left.

I'm thinking the iShift is probably smarter than me so I won't opt for "M" for often!!!!

David

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For those that have never seen this, you should be aware that the IShift panel can be specified in the dash, instead of attached to the seat. This allows the seat to swivel farther (for one thing). And it makes entry to the rear easier (for another thing).

 

20150326_133038.jpg

Jack-

That is how we have spec'd our truck (can't wait). WE also have asked for all the switches to be wired to the panel closest to the steering column. We are hoping that will clear the panel above the radio for an in-dash rear view monitor with minimal re-wiring required.

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My freedomline has an auto/manual button. I am betting the I-shift does also...maybe that "M" button??

 

EDIT: That is exactly what the "M" button is.

The operators manual says:

R, N, D and M. When the selector is in the R position, the reverse gears are engaged. The N position places the transmission in neutral. The D position is the automatic drive mode. The M position allows the driver to manually select the operating and starting gear.

Ah, I should rephrase the question. The IShift allows use of the +/- buttons while in D. How does one give control back to Otto if the shifter is in D? Do you shift to M and back to D? Do you return to the gear that Otto would pick now, and he'll take over from there?

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Ah, I should rephrase the question. The IShift allows use of the +/- buttons while in D. How does one give control back to Otto if the shifter is in D? Do you shift to M and back to D? Do you return to the gear that Otto would pick now, and he'll take over from there?

 

I do not think it is a question of giving control back to it in D mode. It "allows you to" but if you don't, it will. In M mode you must and it will not .

 

 

 

Phil,

 

You open yourself up to so many comebacks, but since you're my friend gonna spare you---------maybe!!

:):D:)

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Given the choice I wouldn't order that i-shift panel. I'd order the shifter beside the seat. Just seems to far to reach and not in the safest place IMO. Volvo's focus on safety I'm surprised where they put this. Even making adjustment on the radio to me feels like a reach and this is lower. They should put paddle shifters on the back of the steering wheel for manual shifting.

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