DAF Trucks wins prestigious Computable Award 2018

DAF Trucks has won the prestigious Computable Award 2018 for the company’s 3D DAF Truck Configurator. This new state-of-the-art web tool allows DAF customers to specify their ideal vehicle online. The Computable Awards are the most important IT-related awards in the Netherlands and are conferred by a jury of IT experts as well as readers of Computable magazine. DAF’s award came in the ‘Digital Innovation of the Year’ category.

Pictured (L-R): Patrick Essers, director EIT Digital, Renaud Dehillotte, DAF Trucks Director of Marketing, Rens Evers, DAF Trucks Director ITD and Ben van der Burg, ceremony host

The 3D DAF Truck Configurator makes it possible to compose online the most optimal truck for any specific transport application. Two, three or four axles, single or double drive, a steered front or trailing rear axle, day, sleeper or extra spacious Space or Super Space Cab – every conceivable truck and chassis variant can be configured online.

“With the 3D Online Truck Configurator DAF is at the forefront of online truck configuration”, says Sander Hulsman, chief editor of Computable magazine. “All available options are visible, including the almost unlimited possibilities for the positioning of components, such as fuel tanks and battery carriers. It is unique that information is retrieved directly from the original CAD source files at DAF, instead of using standard images and files, as is usually the case with configurators. This means 100% accuracy. In addition, the 3D Truck Configurator offers the possibility to have a look at the specified truck in its smallest possible details – unique in the automotive industry. And, therefore, according to the expert jury of the Computable Awards and the readers of Computable, DAF is the rightful winner in the category ‘Digital Innovation of the Year’.”

Richard Zink, director of Marketing & Sales and member of the Board of Management of DAF Trucks, is particularly pleased with the award. “We are always looking for ways to serve the market even better,” he said. “With the DAF 3D Truck Configurator, our customers can configure the most optimal truck, together with their bodybuilder and dealer if desired. This innovative online process fits seamlessly into our DAF Transport Efficiency philosophy. It excels in user-friendliness and accelerates the delivery of a truck because the bodybuilder can be involved in a very early stage, allowing him to already start preparing the superstructure while the truck is being ordered.”

There were 60 entries for the ‘Digital Innovation of the Year’ category at the Computable Awards 2018, with ten eventually nominated. The 3D DAF Truck Configurator can be found on the European DAF websites.