At a global launch of its S-Way range truck cabins, IVECO has unveiled the Fit Cab concept designed to incorporate exercise and gym equipment under a healthier push to help long distance drivers, a group long associated with an ordained, sedentary lifestyle.
Upcoming workshops for the concept were tested as part of a research project coinciding with the European Truck Racing Championship that ran in Nurburgring, Germany on 19 July. As the customer focused project enters its next phase of development, IVECO was assessing improvements to operator wellbeing, comfort and performance as it looked to mitigate the attritional nature of long-haul driving through the cabin.
A five-year study conducted by Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions, based in Grand Haven, Michigan, recently found that 80 per cent of the more than 15,000 drivers surveyed were likely to have three out of five conditions related to metabolic syndrome including a high obesity rate and are 130 per cent more chance to smoke than non-drivers.
The Fit Cab, at this early stage, suggests a gym on wheels featuring devices for improving the driver’s mobility, stability, strength and overall fitness. Dedicated hooks and anchor points are integrated into the exterior to host specifically designed accessories.
IVECO confirmed the retractable front step can double up as a training tool while a wall-integrated multi-directional pulley, a roof-integrated folded multi-grip solution, and a functional package that includes resistance bands, sliders and weights distinguish the interior.
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