Yutong has won a prestigious Red Dot design award for its Xiaoyu 2.0 autonomous bus which aims to combine advanced design, autonomous driving, intelligent human-vehicle interaction and cloud control. Yutong says the vehicle’s construction is inspired by a space capsule and has a highly technological appearance underscored by the colour theme. The interior design is based on the concept of a mobile reception room using a corresponding colour and material mix. An intelligent voice interaction system facilitates communication between the passengers and the vehicle.
The award’s jury comments: “With its futuristic yet appealing appearance, the Xiaoyu 2.0 is an autonomous public transport solution that inspires trust in passengers”.
Ian Downie, head of Yutong Bus UK for Pelican, says: “This award recognises the innovation and design capabilities of Yutong, the world’s largest bus and coach manufacturer. Some of the technology used is already benefitting UK bus and coach operators, with enhanced safety features being fitted. The continuous investment in research and design, with over 4000 engineers working on different projects, will ensure that we are at the vanguard of bus and coach developments for our customers”.
The Red Dot Design Award is a German international design prize which has categories for product design, brands and communication design, and design concept. Since 1955, designers and producers can apply for the prizes, with the winners being presented in an annual ceremony.