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Aftermarket software packages

Smoother gear changing. Reduced maintenance costs. Increased fuel efficiency. Better productivity. In recent years, Volvo I-Shift has become the industry benchmark when it comes to automated transmission. It is also possible to upgrade I-Shift software to suit your transport assignments. Take a look here at the various options, designed to make your business run ever more efficiently.

A smart driveline made even smarter

When we built your truck, we optimised your I-Shift software for a specific transport application. Have your transport assignments changed since then? Or have you found a used truck with the perfect specifications for your needs, apart from the I-Shift software?

No worries. We can simply upgrade your I-Shift software to match your needs. You’ll improve your productivity, save fuel, and reduce the wear on driveline components.

The benefits of tailored software

I-Shift software that’s perfectly adapted to the transport assignment not only improves driveline performance. It will enhance the performance of your business.

You’ll experience a better balance in maintaining speed while achieving the best fuel economy. Your bottom line will see higher productivity, combined with safe and comfortable driving.

How do i upgrade?

The only thing needed to optimise your I-Shift is a visit to your Volvo dealer. Here, we upgrade your I-Shift software to fit your transport assignments. The software is matched to your engine’s exhaust emissions certifications and the version of your I-Shift hardware.

Some of the benefits of upgrading:

  • Improved performance
  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • More comfortable driving
  • Reduced wear on driveline components

What software should i choose?

Which software package suits your transport assignment? Here is an overview of the packages available – note that for older versions of I-Shift, some of the software packages are combined.


This is the standard software package supplied with I-Shift. The package includes the gearbox’s basic functions for all-round driving.


Adapts the gearbox’s function to the specific conditions in the distribution segment. The software package includes functions that aid manoeuvrability when starting off from standstill, in close-quarter manoeuvring, and when driving at low speed.


Functions suited for the specific conditions in the construction segment. Designed to handle tougher road conditions and aid manoeuvrability when starting off from standstill, in close-quarter manoeuvring, and driving at low speed.


Includes intelligent functions that minimise fuel consumption. This software package is ideal for long-haul operations where strong emphasis is placed on fuel economy. This package includes the I-Roll function on some I-Shift versions.


Optimises I-Shift for heavy-duty transport with high gross combination weights (>85 tonnes). Regardless of the gross combination weight, the driver can always optimise driveability by selecting or deactivating the heavy-duty mode, and activating the long haul mode. The functions in the software package also offer benefits for trucks hauling multiple trailers.


Adapts the functionality in the I-Shift with crawler gears to specific needs. The software packages include functions like ultra-low crawler gears, and multi speed reverse gears. The packages are only available for trucks equipped with the I-Shift with crawler gears.

Software program features

Which features will suit your transport assignment? Here are some of the most significant features of the I-Shift software packages. To see all features and the exact content of every package, please contact your Volvo workshop and ask for the fact sheets for your specific I-Shift version.

Enhanced gear selection adjustment, incl. Kick-down

This allows both the automatically selected starting gear and the driving gear in Automatic mode to be adjusted by activating the plus/minus button on the gear lever.

There is also a function that facilitates speed adjustment when the vehicle is idling or driving very slowly – in traffic queues, for instance. The gears can also be shifted upwards, since engine speed is automatically increased before upshifts.

The kick-down function selects a gear for maximum acceleration by changing the gearshift strategy to maximise vehicle acceleration.

Enhanced Performance – Bad Roads

This optional package is specially adapted to the specific conditions of the construction and timber transport segments.

The P+ Performance mode includes various functions that adapt gearshifts and gear selection to poor driving surfaces and hilly gradients. It also includes functions that facilitate starting from standstill in poor driving conditions.

This feature can be combined with the Heavy Duty Transport program (TP-HD) without any problem. The AVO-ENH functions will only be active when the HD-mode is not active and when the Power mode is selected.


I-See not only remembers the hills you drive on. It knows the gradients beforehand.

It does this by accessing data from all trucks using I-See. This information is stored in a database. As soon as any truck has driven a route, all other trucks can make use of information about the route’s topography by means of the Telematics Gateway communication unit. The use of I-see can save up to 5 per cent in fuel.

The software kits are sold as accessory kits only and must be combined with I-Cruise (Smart Cruise Control).

Heavy duty GCW control

(Only available with certain engine/gearbox combinations.)

Optimises gear selection for high gross combination weights (85 t < GCW ≤ 180 t). This function improves driveability and fuel economy in the heavy-duty transport segment.

In HD mode, first gear is used as the starting gear and gear selection is adapted to heavier gross combination weights. Among other things, the TP-HD function selects the starting gear to suit the gross combination weight, thereby saving the clutch.

The entire gear range is utilised, and the gears are changed consistently at high revs to maintain torque and driving comfort.

Enhanced Shift Strategy

(Full functionality requires EBS-MED.)

By interacting with EBS (Disc Brakes with Electronically controlled Brake System, EBS-STD / EBS-MED) and ECS (Electronically Controlled Suspension, SUSPL-EC), both starting and manoeuvring are made easier.

This brake mode maximises VEB/VEB+/retarder braking effects by automatically selecting the appropriate gear so the engine runs at high revs. This function compensates for the engine brake when changing gears in brake mode.

Enhanced Pto Functions

Several functions that aid power take-off operation. I-Shift’s power take-off functions make it possible to activate the properties like Auto Neutral, Reverse Inhibit and connection of splitter box.


Optimises cruising speed and limits auxiliary brake effect when traffic conditions permit – on gentle downhill gradients, for example.


A freewheel function that saves fuel. I-Roll is used when neither engine power nor engine braking is needed – such as when driving on flat roads.


Works together with EBS and automatically activates brake functions that aid starting and close-quarter manoeuvring.


Get in contact with your local Volvo Trucks dealer to explore the full spec and all offer details.