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Volvo Trucks: A Trucker's Pride: Increasing the Quality of Life for American Long-Haul Truckers
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Institute of Design.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Volvo Trucks: A Trucker's Pride


The North American trucking industry is in decline. By 2014, the United States is projected to be short 110,000 drivers (Wikipedia). The hardest hit segment is the long-haul sector, due to the difficult lifestyle of the long-haul trucker. Drivers experience long periods of time away from home, mediocre pay, and “miserable” working conditions. In order to revive the struggling industry and refresh the lifeblood of our civilization, the long-haul trucker lifestyle must be made more appealing.

This project is a study into how to make the North American Long-Haul trucker lifestyle appealing to future trucker generations through both interior and exterior design.


In-depth research found that emotional needs of American long-haul truckers are not being met.  Emotional needs are directly linked to the concept of “quality of life”. Therefore, increasing the trucker’s quality of life would help truckers meet their emotional needs and thus help revive the North American trucking industry.

Through interviews and questionnaires, pride was determined to be the key emotional need of the American Trucker. These interviews revealed that the best method to appeal to this key emotional need was to rethink the exterior form. It was decided that a design sculpture should be used to illustrate the concept of emotionally appealing transportation.

For the interior design, research showed that a trucker’s fundamental human needs were not being met aboard the truck. Expanding the living space on-board and providing truckers access to their basic human needs allow people to truly live life on the road.


The Volvo Vision Long-Haul (VLH) helps future truckers take pride in themselves and their lifestyles. Pride comes from the aesthetics of assertive strength and the confident stance of the vehicle. A higher seating position gives drivers a commanding view of the road and the use of noble materials helps drivers feel they live in a quality environment.

Onboard, the Volvo VLH maximizes interior space, providing enough room for a trucker to live life on the road.  To meet basic human needs, the truck has a shower and toilet onboard, along with a kitchen complete with stove and sink. The lofted bedroom offers feelings of exclusivity and expands upward when the vehicle is parked. This unique expanding space is accessed via a spiral staircase, which stores neatly away when not in use.

The Volvo VLH meets the emotional needs of the American long-haul trucker, making the lifestyle appealing to future generations.

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Keyword [en]
TJ Vaninetti, Vaninetti, Travis Vaninetti, Volvo Trucks, Volvo, Emotion and Design, Strategic Design, Transportation Design, Truck Design, Car Design, Truck, Trucking, Trucking Industry, US Trucking, USA Trucking Industry, American Trucking
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-55861OAI: diva2:532127
External cooperation
Volvo Trucks AB, Volvo Trucks NA, Semcon
Subject / course
Degree Project, Transportation Design
Educational program
Master's Programme in Transportation Design
2012-05-21, Auditorium, Östra Strandgatan 28A, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-08-27 Created: 2012-06-06 Last updated: 2012-08-27Bibliographically approved

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