What will a truck look like in 2050?

To celebrate the historic landmark of the 200,000th Volvo truck to be registered in the UK since the company began trading here in 1967, Volvo has announced a very special design competition to attract the truck designers and engineers of the future of road transport; Truck of the Future 2050.


This exciting and challenging design competition, which is open to individuals of all ages and from all walks of life, is called Volvo Trucks: Truck of the Future 2050. 

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 Truck of the Future 2050 design competition offers the opportunity for anyone, whatever age or background, 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 go on an once-in-a-lifetime visit to meet the Volvo Group Design Team in Gothenburg, where they will see their entries displayed in the Design Studio.

“The winning designs 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,” says Volvo Trucks Managing Director Arne Knaben,

“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.”

The competion 
There are three age related entry classes and 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.  
Read more at www.volvotrucks.co.uk/design


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