Volvo & Sky Atlantic present
Human Made Stories
The Defiant Pioneers
A film series by Volvo & Sky Atlantic
Oliver Armitage’s lifelong pursuit is to find a solution which enables man and machine to work seamlessly together. Along with his team from Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems, the engineer is working on a project that could change the lives of amputees around the world.
Maria Rindstam and Josefin Arrhénborg saw the beautiful archipelago they had grown up in being destroyed by abandoned boats and decided to do something about it. The two entrepreneurs now salvage and recycle wrecks to preserve the natural environment for future generations.
Erik Johansson is a multiple award-winning photographer and retouch artist. By taking an engineering approach to his images, he captures ideas rather than moments; creating impossible worlds that make people think and challenge the idea of what is regarded as art today.
Father and son team Sergio and Luca Gamberini aren't farmers. But despite having virtually no agricultural experience, they may have just found a long term solution to ensuring a good harvests in the last place any farmer would deem possible.
All Rosemary Johnson ever dreamt of was becoming a professional Violinist. In 1988, Rosemary was involved in a car accident. She suffered a devastating head injury, robbing her of speech and movement. Now, twenty-eight years on, she is learning to make music again, using only the power of her mind.
Cars don't drive the world forward.
Human Made Stories is a series of short films portaying defiant pioneers.
People who do things differently and go their own way.
Whose relentless pursuit of craft and innovation will change our world.
These are the type of people that inspire each and every one of us at Volvo every day.
We hope their stories will inspire you too.
Human Made Thinking
Everything we do is designed around people, so every innovation we make is designed to simplify and improve your life.
Scandinavian design is influenced by nature. In Sweden people have a beautiful connection with the outside world that we bring into our cars.
Sensus sums up the Volvo human-centric philosophy, it’s technology that works for you and not the other way around.
Time is a luxury today. We propose that you should be allowed to drive when you want to and delegate when you want to.
Road safety shouldn’t be for the few. It should be for everyone. The ones driving our cars, and the ones who prefer two wheels to four.
Connectivity In Berlin
After travelling the world for 12 years, Cologne-born entrepreneur Gundula Cöllen decided it was time to return to Germany and reconnect with her homeland. And when it came to choosing a city in which to settle down in and start up a new business, she only had one place in mind – Berlin.
The Defiant Pioneers
The race to the horizon
The fascinating background and history of the Volvo Ocean Race have turned it into one of the best-known and toughest endurance races in the sporting calendar. For four and a half decades, participants have challenging themselves and each other as they sail its course. In this article, we will trace the race back to its beginning - and beyond, looking at the developments that shaped modern sea travel and made it possible in the first place. We trace the history of the race all the way back to the opening of the Panama and Suez canals, and then how - decades later - Robin Knox-Johnson became the first man to sail single-handedly round the planet. We then describe the foundation of the race in the 70s, and the developments that turned it into the event we know today - with its cutting-edge boats, teams of world champion sailors and non-stop coverage.