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Volvo Group opens the door to its future research

Excavators without drivers, virtual sheet painting and electric buses that
charge in ten minutes. The Volvo Group is opening the door to the future with
its new Tech World website. For the first time, many of the research projects on
which the company’s engineers are working will be openly displayed.
The Volvo Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of heavy vehicles
and a leader in terms of developing sustainable transport solutions of the
future. In 2011, the Volvo Group invested more than SEK 13 billion in research
and development.

Research and development has always been the most secretive aspect of a company.
This is natural, since it involves launching new solutions ahead of competitors.
Nevertheless, the Volvo Group has decided to display some of the company’s work
for the future on its new website Tech
World (http://www.volvogroup.com/techworld).

“Times are different and being open about where we are heading is now beneficial
for us, our customers and society,” says Torbjörn Holmström, Chief Technology
Officer of the Volvo Group. “We will have the greatest opportunity to address
current challenges and those of the future through cooperation.”

Another key aim of the website is to show existing and future engineers the
width of the subject areas that are encompassed by the Volvo Group.

“Tech World clearly demonstrates the challenges and future prospects existing
within the Volvo Group,” says Torbjörn Holmström. “We hope to be able to show
that Volvo Group’s engineers are world-leading in many areas and contribute
significantly to creating a future in which the environmental impact is reduced
and traffic safety is higher.”

Tech World features a large number of examples of future projects: automatic
equipment, vehicle fuel from forest raw material, vehicles that communicate with
each other, electricity generation from surplus engine heat, boat simulators and
much more. The Volvo Group’s engineers will share their expertise and will also
present some of the challenges that remain to be overcome.
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