The Volvo Group hosted a series of innovation summits in London, Brussels and Beijing during 2017, focusing on the role of automation, electromobility and connectivity in transport.
Innovations within transport and infrastructure will reshape the cities of tomorrow. Automation, electromobility and connected vehicles and machines will allow for quieter, cleaner and safer megacities to grow and prosper.
In 2017, the Volvo Group hosted three Innovation Summits in London, Brussels and Beijing, designed to further the debate and introduce new thinking on prominent current issues, including air quality and pollution, congestion, health and road safety. The summits also included demonstrations of some of the Volvo Group’s latest innovations in research and development.
Smart societies of the future were the focus of the third Volvo Group Innovation Summit, where top policymakers and stakeholders gathered to examine the role of automation, electromobility and connectivity in transforming the societies of tomorrow.
Speakers included Volvo Group President and CEO Martin Lundstedt and Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist as well as officials and experts from government, associations and academia.
The Volvo Group showcased one of its latest innovations in research and development – an autonomous truck for hub-to-hub transportation, and presented a model of the electric site – a research project that aims to transform the quarry and aggregates industry by reducing carbon emissions by up to 95% and total cost of ownership by up to 25%.
At the Volvo Group Innovation Summit in Brussels, leaders in the transport sector talked about the rapidly digitizing future and how it can positively impact society. Speakers at the event included Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President of the European Commission, responsible for the Energy Union and François Bellot, Belgian Federal Minister for Mobility and Transport.
Hosted by the Volvo Group’s Chief Technology Officer Lars Stenqvist, the summit also featured some of the Volvo Group’s latest innovative transport solutions.
The inaugural Volvo Group Innovation Summit in London centered on infrastructure and transport in the cities of the future, and focused on how the industry can have a positive impact on society through increased transport efficiency, reduced environmental impact and improved traffic safety.
At the London summit, Volvo CE unveiled the EX2 concept machine. The 100% electric compact excavator prototype delivers zero emissions, 10 times higher efficiency, 10 times lower noise levels and reduced total cost of ownership compared to its conventional counterparts. The EX2 is believed to be the world’s first fully electric compact excavator prototype.
The EX2 was presented alongside innovations from across the Volvo Group, including an autonomous refuse truck from Volvo Trucks and an electric bus from Volvo Buses.