Susan Rice Us Ambassador to the United Nations
If you want change, you have to make it.
If we want progress, we have to drive it
Susan Rice Us Ambassador to the United Nations
If you want change, you have to make it.
If we want progress, we have to drive it
The Volvo Trucks brand has a defined role. We are here to make the trucks that ensure smooth and safe goods transport. We put the infrastructure into gear, making trade happen. While we are doing this, we consider our responsibilities. Traffic is dangerous, so we make our trucks safer than others. There is constant and tough wear and tear on the trucks, so we build them to last and endure. Nature’s resources are limited, so we make the trucks run longer on less fuel. Today the climate is at stake, so we reduce and minimise the environmental impact we make. This is what the calendar is about. Because it’s what the Volvo brand is all about.
It seems that the big challenges mankind is facing are only slowly dawning on us. In recent years, the urgency of those challenges has emerged much more clearly than before. However ominous this may sound, it’s comforting to see how governments, companies, organisations and individuals do want to make a difference and take action to make the world a better place. Because everybody is part of the problem, everybody can be part of the solution as well. Some people say that engineering is neither good nor bad. That technology can’t be good or bad. They are right – if scientific development exists without a context. But it doesn’t. The context is human life. The good of civilization. The context is you and me and our children and the world we live in. Technology is good if its intentions are guided by a sound value system. The Volvo Truck brand lives by three core values: quality, safety and care for the environment.
As a true global brand, Volvo Trucks has a defined role in this crucial development towards a sustainable society. We are here to make the trucks that ensure smooth and safe goods transport. We are here to connect producers and consumers, sellers and buyers. We put the infrastructure into gear, making trade happen. We bring the right gear to construction sites and mining operations and we provide solutions to all transport and distribution needs. All the while we are doing this, we consider the responsibilities we have. Traffic is dangerous, so we make our trucks safer than others. There is constant and tough wear and tear on the trucks, so we build them to last and endure. Nature’s resources are limited, so we make the trucks run longer on less fuel. Today the climate is at stake, so we reduce and minimise the environmental impact we make.
It takes a certain mindset to always offer the right gear to professionals. It’s a special company culture of vision, creativity, determination, courage and engineering excellence that takes shape in the solutions we develop for our trucks. The Right Gear is the sum of the details that combine to make a Volvo truck unique, the gear that’s significant for the Volvo brand. It spans from innovative safety features, technologies for fuel efficiency, information systems and the I-Shift concept through to the high-grade steel components, recyclability of all parts and components, and the ergonomics of the driver’s working environment. It adds up. This calendar zooms in on twelve aspects of the technology leadership that we build into our product. Development that puts people first. Technologies that drive progress. This is what the calendar is about. Because that’s what the Volvo brand is all about.
At Volvo, we intend to stay technology leaders also 50 years from now.
Experience is one of our greatest assets – you could say we started building our
most recent truck in 1927. Road conditions back then demanded high-grade,
high-iron steel, the most robust designs and uncompromising quality thinking.
Today, road conditions have improved but the need for
genuine quality thinking remains.
Rickard Orell, Design director
Design details central for the big picture
The visionary design of Volvo Trucks and the thinking behind it have always been driven by a view to the bigger picture. To do this, it is important to understand the context in which the products are used, which means that you need to understand the current needs of the truck drivers.
To be able to anticipate the future needs of the drivers and the customers, it is important to anticipate future trends and developments in society, technology and the transport industry. Volvo Trucks’ design tradition, based on respect for functionality, and a desire to improve everyday life are always there in the background.
"There is nearly 100 years of technological progress and development between the first truck and the Vision 2020, so direct comparisons are not possible. However, the Core Values of Volvo have not changed so you could say that our development is driven by the same vision now as then," says Rikard Orell, Design Director, Volvo Trucks.
To stay ahead of the competition, Volvo Trucks is developing trucks that are both functional and attractive. The focus is on the driver because good trucks attract good drivers, and good drivers are vital for the transport operators.
"I believe that we appeal to both the heart and the brain. It is a good business proposition and there is a sense of pride in owning a Volvo, because it is capable as well as attractive," Rikard Orell says.
One of the factors that will be important for the future of Volvo Trucks, from a design point of view, is excellent aerodynamic efficiency, which is directly attributed to the shape of the truck. Striving for efficiency has always been important, and will be even more so in the future. New materials, new technology and new processes will also increase the energy efficiency of trucks and affect the way they look.
"To integrate these elements into a design that clearly expresses Volvo's Core Values and identity is going to be very interesting work," Rikard Orell concludes.
This is Volvo’s finest gift to the world. It made the world a better place. Nobody can
say how many lives it has saved, but it’s fair to say that we are talking millions.
The three-point seat belt was introduced by Volvo in 1959. Today it’s a standard
throughout the automotiveindustry. And it’s a gift – any car or truck manufacturer
can use the patent without paying a license surcharge.
Lennart Svenson, former Head of Volvo Truck
Volvo's gift to mankind
Early traffic-safety development had a focus on passive safety, reducing injuries. For heavy-duty vehicles, the “golden age” of passive safety was from the 1970s to the 1990s. Volvo’s gift to mankind is the three-point seatbelt, developed for the Volvo Cars and then adapted to the trucks.
The most important thing you have to consider when working with traffic safety is the interaction between humans, vehicles and traffic environment. The traffic system is very complex and if any system limit is exceeded, or if systems have conflicting demands, there is a risk of an accident.
"It is a waste constructing a technically perfect vehicle if it is not adapted to humans and the traffic environment," says Lennart Svenson, former Head of Volvo Truck Accident Research Team at Volvo Truck Corporation.
A good example of passive safety is a cab structure that gives enough survival space after an accident. Volvo Truck Corporation introduced pendulum-tested cabs in the 1960s. In the 1970s, as a result of the accident research, reinforcements in the doors and energy absorbing instrument panel were added.
Another example is the seat belt. Using a seat belt is the best way for a driver to avoid impacting the steering wheel, or any other part of the interior in a collision. Roller belts improved the situation and evolved into the three-point solution that we use today. The three-point seat belt is Volvo’s gift to mankind, used by car manufactures all over the world. "The injury-reducing effect of the seatbelt is hard to beat when compared to other safety devices, but work still remains to be done: to get all truck drivers to use it," says Lennart Svenson.
The goals have been shaped in parallel with the progress of safety work through the years. Truck safety was intensified in the 1970s when Volvo Truck Corporation released the first external reports based on accident investigation.
Active safety, preventing accidents, was for many years synonymous with braking efficiency. Focus on steering and behaviours on the road were added. At the end of the 1990s, a system with the aim to assist the driver was introduced.
"I believe that Volvo Trucks has a social responsibility to contribute to a transport system that is as safe, environmentally friendly and as cost effective as possible," says Lennart Svenson. Volvo Truck Corporation’s global presence has affected today’s safety through an exchange of information. The Volvo organization has gained both local and regional assistance and in return given others support through seminars, resulting in contacts around the world. Road safety work in collaboration with Volvo do Brazil is a significant example, with continuity over several years.
Driver training in different countries can be specified as another example. ￼
Milestones that stand out, in the development of safety systems, is the impact-tested cab, the barrier test, the energy-absorbing steering wheel and underrun protections, that prevent a passenger car to end up under the truck in a frontal collision. Not to forget the introduction on the three-point seat belt that improved the injury-reducing effects by as much as 60 percent. Accident research also showed a positive injury-reducing effect when introducing airbags as a complement to seat belts.
Early traffic safety development was focusing on passive safety. The focus now and in the future will be on active safety. Lately there has been more focus on detecting and acting on hazards that the driver might miss. The interface between man and machine becomes more and more important.
In 1987, the F16 pioneered with a groundbreaking 470 hp. But the last 25 years
have seen much more than a mere race for power. Increased environmental
awareness along with the urge for increased efficiency, has put engine perfor-
mance and emission reduction on top of the agenda. Volvo engineers lead this
development, introducing diesel-saving gear-shifting systems, advanced fuel
additives, everimprovedaerodynamic designs and other technologies that make
a truck fit to take on heavier and more challenging jobs.
charles engelaar, marketing communications eud,
Every drop counts
Driver productivity is a big issue where a wide scope of considerations comes into
play. It’s about an efficient working environment, controls within easy reach,
ergonomics, driver comfort, safety and support functions that let the driver do
a good job with as little effort as possible. The quality of the workplace is often a
decisive factor for the recruitment of good drivers.
staffan wendeberg, product feature & profitability manager
productive meets cosy
When it comes to safety, Volvo has a zero vision: To make sure that no
Volvo truck is involved in an accident. Our commitment to safety is unrivalled.
Volvo offers pioneering safety systems that work actively with you
to prevent unwanted events. These systems include advanced warning systems,
Lane Changing Support, alcolock, excellent round-the-truck view and much more.
carl johan almqvist, Traffic and Product Safety Director
Vision zero for accidents
In the Volvo VISTA world championship, the cream certainly gets up on top. The largest and most prestigious competition for workshop personnel singles out the best of the best. Almost 14,000 contestants enter, 30 teams reach the world final and one team – of three or four people – wins it all. Passionate and competent workshop personnel, excellent service and truck uptime, that’s Volvo for you. These are key aspects that determine total ownership cost and truck lifecycle economy.
Johanna Lundberg, project manager VISTA
passion for service
Brutal strength combined with high intelligence and sensitive systems integration. It’s about this Volvo FH16 – the world’s strongest tractor in terms of pulling performance. This time it’s about power – size and weight capabilities – but the Volvo vehicle programme always offers the truck configuration and specifications that suits your application best.
John Comer, Product Manager UK and Ireland
and power at the wheel
I-Shift is perhaps the most significant invention in the truck world in a long
It boosts effect and power, makes for an optimal balance of fuel efficiency and output, takes the effort
out of shifting and adds to the safety of the truck. It paves the way to a unique driving experience.
You can get your own I-Shift package optimised for your needs: for city distribution,
long hauls, heavy loads or construction work.
Ove Wikström, Product Strategy Manager
the most intelligent
gear shift system
The Mean Green racer is a hybrid, alternating between diesel and battery. The idea of building a hybrid racing truck means an opportunity to explore the technology: how far, how fast, what loads, what possibilities, what problems, what costs? Volvo currently offers regular trucks running on hybrid technology commercially available. The only hybrid truck in its weight class offers CO2 reduction by 30%,reduced emission of particles and NOX and reduced noise by 4 dBA at acceleration and idle running.
Boije Ovebrink – owner of Mean Green
Unique cooperation leads to world speed record
Orca Whales are among the many species that are endangered by global warming.
To help mitigate climate change, Volvo is committed to manufacture
trucks with significantly reduced emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
This Volvo truck is a methane diesel, a vehicle that complies with the Euro V standard
– and with a good margin. With the basic diesel engine fully intact,
it retains original, very high, energy efficiency. Care for the environment is one of
the three core values of the Volvo brand.
Lennart Pilskog, director public affairs
care for the environment
Whole fleets are hooked up and connected. Dynafleet brings new profitability to truck operations.
Information is gathered, shared and recorded about the whereabouts of vehicles, fuel consumption,
hours, distances covered, environmental performance, messaging, service intervals, etc. It offers
information for your decision-making, integration possibilities with IT systems and business software.
Jarkko Aine, Communications Manager Transport Solutions, and Johan Rundberg, Product Manager, Volvo Trucks.
in truck operations
Good design isn’t just about creating beautiful things. But when pure function takes shape, or power and efficiency find expressions inform, beauty is one of the effects. It stirs emotion and generates passion. Volvo design thinking has its roots in Scandinavian designphilosophy. Simplicity. Functionality. Reliability. Dedication to purpose. A love of the honest, practical and durable. Like the front towing device of this Volvo FMX, designed to take a 25-tonne load.
Asok George, Chief designer exterior
the beauty of power