Living space in the cab TextCenterThree usage categories Following market research in Europe and beyond, Iveco carried out an analysis of the missions of drivers and trucks. The following three categories emerged: - the single driver who covers medium distances, but with the regulations regarding hours of work is sometimes obliged to spend the night in his vehicle. Another variant on the same theme is when more than one driver uses the vehicle, but one of them may have to sleep on board, which is typical in the case of fleets; - the single driver who covers long distances and sleeps in the cab for several nights in a row. In this case the same vehicle is usually assigned to the driver, except on days off and during holidays; - a team of two long-distance drivers. These three categories which may be present in the same company, call for completely different fittings. For instance, in the first two cases, the passenger seat is only used occasionally. If the various options are only available in the factory, the haulier will tend to opt for a compromise, which satisfies his needs and will not have a negative effect on the subsequent sale of the vehicle. But without really making full use of all the functions or getting full value for money. With Iveco’s Active Space cab, thanks to the ‘decentralised’ customisation option, you can get the best fittings for your needs and adapt them during the lifetime of the vehicle. MoreContentHtmlCab volume - The cab has a flat floor, for ease of movement inside. The driver’s seat has been lowered by 15 cm, meaning that only three steps are needed up to the cabin, as the floor of the cab is only 1.70 metres above the ground. The driver’s seat rests on a flat base, with the same configuration on the right, and if the seat is taken out the floorpan extends to the passenger door. This symmetry means that right hand drive vehicles can be created without changing the base. - The high roof means an interior height of 2 metres at the back panel, 1.96 m in front of the bunk and 1.9 m below the sunroof surround. This means that the great majority of drivers can move around upright inside the cab. The electric sunroof is fitted as standard and comes with an insect net. - The floor is carpeted, as are the under-seat storage compartments. The panels are in light grey, while the dashboard is two shades of grey. The seats and central door panels are smartly upholstered in velour, which is also used for the bunk curtain. Much care and attention has gone into all the details, the choice of materials and the “perceived level” of quality. Basic cab fittings The traditional passenger seat is optional. The lower bunk can be converted into two separate bench-style seats, on the left and right. These seats rest on two containers (storage compartments) and can be linked by a board and an extra pillow to create a 660 mm wide bunk. A folding table is fixed to the left-hand side panel and can hold a small television set connected to the 12V socket on the rear wall. A sliding, isothermic container is located on the right-hand side of the driver’s seat handily positioned for the driver. The walls of the cab include a series of points where the optional features can be mounted, including supports to the left and right for the upper bunk. This layout is ideal for short distances and where more than one driver uses the vehicle. Factory or decentralised customisation The optional features can be requested either when the order is placed, or on delivery, and mounted at the dealership or afterwards. When the vehicle is sold on, the cab fittings can be modified inexpensively. For example, if the vehicle was originally configured for a single driver, the passenger seat and a second bunk can be added at a later stage to suit a team of drivers. The three main configurations Starting from the standard configuration, Iveco proposes a variety of personalisations: I – Enhanced single driver configuration Cool box : this replaces the isothermic container and enables food and drinks to be kept cool. The box is alongside the driver’s seat for easy access. Folding table : this is fixed to the back wall, and allows two people to dine in comfort, using the bench-style seat behind the driver’s seat with the cushions for back support. Removable seat-back with arm and head rest : this is an exclusive Iveco-patented system, which is installed on the right hand side wall and converts the bench-style seat into a comfortable armchair. The same accessory rotated 90°, fixed to the back part and with the addition of a seat belt, creates a standard passenger seat for occasional use. Thanks to the low elevation of the cab floor with respect to the windscreen, the passenger also gets a good view of the road from this position. Baggage holder : this can be fixed to the supports for the upper bunk. Mini-safe : this is attached to the bottom of the left hand side container, by the compartment behind the driver’s seat. II - Long distance single driver configuration The driver, who often spends nights on board, will benefit from the enhanced comfort afforded by a wider lower bunk (880 mm wide at the centre, 700 mm on the right and 620 mm behind the driving seat – 1.97 metres long). The central folding element is fixed to the back panel and includes a fold-away table. Once again the removable back can be converted into an armchair on the right to create a very pleasant dining area. Alternatively, the driver may choose to use the folding upper bunk (670 mm wide), and keep the rest/dining area below permanently set up. Access to the upper bunk is via an extendable fold-away ladder which is fixed underneath the bunk. Also included is retractable protective netting. III - Two driver configuration The optional features on offer include a passenger seat with air suspension, which can be mounted in the traditional position. This seat can be fixed or rotate inwards by 90°. With the second bunk in place, the lower bunk can be of the standard size, to make room for the larger size table, or with the wider mattress for maximum comfort. Factory-fitted options Some of the more complex optional features can only be installed at the factory, including the telephone built into the dashboard, and the cab temperature controls. Automatic or manually controlled air-conditioning and an engine-powered independent water heating system for the cab are available. The engine-powered indepent air heater is standard on all RHD Active Space cabs. Storage The Active Space cab comes with many spacious compartments as standard: five closed compartments above the windscreen; a container below the bench seat on the passenger side, and two shelves with protective netting above the doors. The container behind the driver holds the cool box (or bottle-holder) and the safe, with additional storage space to spare. The floor space under the driver and passenger seats has been converted into two containers with flaps. The upper part of the central module features a container with cover, with two can holders. Not to mention the baggage holder (available on request), which is a shelf with support and side containers to be mounted above the bunk across the entire width of the cab.