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Red Dot Award for Volvo autonomous hauler

Battery electric TA15 model based on the Volvo HX02 concept forms part of wider autonomous transport solution being developed by Volvo Autonomous Solutions

The Volvo Group’s TA15 autonomous electric hauler has been declared a winner at the 2020 Red Dot Award for product design.

Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) said the TA15, part of the TARA autonomous transport solution from Volvo Autonomous Solutions, won the most globally-recognised mark for industrial design quality by wowing a panel of design experts in Essen, Germany, to win the award for Product Design. The recognition is a seal of high design quality from the world’s largest and most distinguished design competition.

Nils Jæger, president at Volvo Autonomous Solutions, said: “We are thrilled to have won such a prestigious award as the Red Dot. It shows that we are delivering world class designs at the cutting edge of autonomous vehicle technology. We are proud to continue the Volvo Group tradition of being innovative leaders in the commercial vehicle and machine design arenas.”

The battery-electric load carrier is a new machine concept compared to traditional off-road hauling and forms one element of Volvo Autonomous Solutions’ TARA transport solution. It is designed to disrupt today’s off-road hauling. The hauler runs on a battery-electric drivetrain based on shared technology from the Volvo Group. The automation system uses GPS, Lidar, Radar and multiple sensors. Being autonomous, the TA15 has no need for a cabin – making for a dramatically new machine profile.

With a 15t hauling capacity, the TA15 forms part of the wider TARA autonomous transport solution concept, so that a series of them can be connected together to form a ‘train’ of machines, for maximum loading and hauling efficiency.

Volvo CE’s development of the autonomous electric hauler is based on the former HX02 concept and has now been handed over for commercialisation to Volvo Autonomous Solutions, a new business area of the Volvo Group. Operational since January 1, Volvo Autonomous Solutions’ objective is to ‘accelerate the development, commercialisation and sales of autonomous transport solutions, as a complement to the Volvo Group’s current products and services’.

Volvo CE added that it won a Red Dot award itself this year, for a machine that, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, will be introduced to the market later this year.

Melker Jernberg, president, Volvo CE, said: “It is exciting that two Volvo products have been awarded this internationally recognised mark of design excellence. On top of that, it is great that this is the result of a great internal collaboration with Volvo Autonomous Solutions. Partnership is the new leadership.”

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