Volvo Trucks Launch ‘Truck of the Future 2050’ Design Contest
Volvo Trucks has announced a special design competition to attract the truck designers and engineers of the future of road transport.
What will the truck of the future look like? That will of course depend on the future demands of society. Transport responds to the needs of society and the infrastructure available to move goods and materials around.
The Volvo Trucks: Truck of the Future 2050 design competition offers the opportunity for aspiring designers to have some fun trying to predict what the truck of thirty-six years hence will look like and how truck design may have to respond to the infrastructure of the future. Anyone can enter and send in creative designs that they think will address the question of how trucks could be used in society in the year 2050.
The individual winners will get to visit and meet the Volvo Trucks Design Team in Gothenburg, where they will see their entries displayed in the Design Studio.
“The winning designs,” says Volvo Trucks Managing Director Arne Knaben, “will demonstrate creative thinking that will help the Volvo truck driver and operator more than three decades from now, work productively, economically and safely with all other road users.We are very, very keen to encourage children, young adults and students to take part in what will be a fun competition.”
“There is no doubt that truck designers over thirty years from now will quite possibly need to take account of many changes in how we transport goods by road. It could be that these will be driven by changes in the way we live, possibly as a result of climate change, for example,” he explained.
Entrants to the Truck of the Future 2050 competition are invited to submit their designs via the Volvo Trucks special website here.
There are three age related entry classes: a) Up to 11 years old, b) 11 to 18 years and c) over 18, but there will be only one winner per category.
The closing date is Friday, 3rd October 2014. In addition to design visuals, each entry must also include a brief explanation of the thinking behind its features. The designs must be for a long-haul or regional distribution truck, configured for the UK road transport industry, as they see it might be, in thirty-six years’ time. All entries must include sketches of the cab interior as well as the vehicle’s exterior.
The winners will be announced by October 10th 2014 and there will be a UK-based prize giving ceremony, the date of which is yet to be confirmed. It is planned that the winners will visit Gothenburg during the week beginning 15th December 2014.
The rules for entering the design competition can be found by visiting the aforementioned website or on the Volvo Trucks UK Facebook page. Entries may be emailed in via marketingUK@volvo.com or uploaded to Volvo Trucks via instructions on the special website.
Source: Volvo Trucks