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2016’s challenge was to recreate the ‘Forklift, like you’ve never seen them before’. Developing productivity with powerful business equipment, Toyota invited design students to revamp and revolutionize the look and functions of forklifts. With the great variety of forklift purposes, the possibilities of providing superior transportation solutions were endless. Students made a mark on future transportation design by once again, submitting outstanding innovative ideas driving the future of technology and design.

The Winners

1st Prize

FLOCK

This concept explores on the question if a set of autonomous logistic vehicles can work together in a way that human-driven vehicles can not. Pricing, eco-efficiency and overall workflow optimization were the design drivers adressed in this concept.

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2nd prize

Drone Logistic System

People’s award winner

My idea was to manufacture Drone logistic system. New archetype of material handling vehicle whose centre of gravity changes minimally. That will save a lot of energy which is spent by transporting weight balance along with the cargo itself in case of conventional forklifts. Thanks to the “U” type architecture the drone can embrace the cargo by its own chassis and fasten it for safer transportation.

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3rd prize

Modular Hybrid Forklift Truck - KAMU

Toyota KAMU concept is a modular hybrid forklift truck. It combines pallet jack and ordinary forklift truck in a way forklift truck industry has never seen before. KAMU can operate alone in situations that usually require two separate tools. It is designed in terms of better usability and ergonomics.

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2016 Finalist Interview

2016 Award's Ceremony

About The Competition

The designers of the three prize-winning entries from the 2016 competition.
The three prize-winning forklift designs presented at the CeMat exhibition in Hannover, Germany.