Volvo Trucks launches truck of the future competition27 May 2014

To celebrate its registration of the 200,000th truck in the UK since Volvo Trucks began trading in the country in 1967, the company has launched a competition to design a truck for 2050.

This challenge, called 'Volvo Trucks: Truck of the Future 2050', is open to individuals of all ages, and is aimed at visualising vehicles capable of responding to future requirements, in terms of society, the infrastructure to move goods and appropriate materials.

The winners will meet the Volvo Trucks design team in Gothenburg in the week beginning 15 December 2014, where they will see their entries displayed in the Volvo 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," says Volvo Trucks managing director Arne Knaben.

"We are very, very keen to encourage children, young adults and students to take part in what will be a fun competition," he continues.

"Truck designers over 30 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," he adds.

Closing date is 3 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 a future UK road transport industry.

All entries must include sketches of the cab interior as well as the vehicle's exterior.

Winners will be announced by 10 October 2014 and there will be a UK-based prize giving ceremony.

To enter the Truck of the Future 2050 competition, go to the link below.

Brian Tinham

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