SINGAPORE - Sports fans at the National Stadium for athletics events at the June SEA Games will see a unique remote controlled (RC) vehicle zipping around the field collecting javelins, hammers and discuses from the field of play.
A scaled version of the all-new Volvo XC90, measuring 90 cm by 45 cm and weighing 15 kg, will act as the equipment retrieval unit for athletics events, said Volvo in a statement today.
The use of the RC car, which can reach speeds of 100 km per hour, will speed up the process of returning equipment and allow the next athlete to complete their throw immediately after. The car is equipped with special brackets with clips installed to hold javelins in place, and a padded holding area for the hammer and discus.
The vehicles will be operated by trained volunteers, including those who have taken up RC cars as a hobby.
Mr Bob Gambardella, Chief of NOC and Sport of the Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) said that the use of the RC car is an innovative way to increase the efficiency of processes during the throw events for Athletics, as it reduces manpower requirements and gives officials more time to prepare for the next throw.
"This is the first time we are seeing this at the SEA Games, and SINGSOC is happy to partner Volvo for this milestone," he added.
Ms Sabrina Sng, General Manager of Wearnes Automotive, the distributor of Volvo cars in Singapore, added: "We are happy to contribute with this innovative solution that will enhance efficiency. We are confident that it will also add value to the spectators experience while supporting their athletes during the Games."
For the 28th SEA Games, Volvo Cars Singapore will be contributing a fleet of 125 vehicles, comprising the Volvo S60, S80 and V60, for delegates and officials. It will also run a special promotion whereby VIP and official cars will be open for booking with discounts of $20,000.