The jury has recognized the consistent styling throughout the interior and exterior of the new Velaro platform. In terms of detail, this means clearly defined structures and components, joints designed with minimum gaps, no visible screw fittings wherever technically feasible, and particularly ergonomic functionality for components with increased accessibility and user-friendliness requirements. Special emphasis was also placed on material aspects and manufacturing quality in the interior of the train, to reinforce the quality of the product and thus fulfill passengers' comfort expectations.
The Velaro is the first high-speed train to comply with the European "TSI PRM" interoperability specification. This defines parameters and requirements for constructing and refitting rail vehicles and rail infrastructure without barriers. Wheelchair users can access their seats easily, safely, and in comfort thanks to wider entrances, exits, and corridors. Access to restaurant cars is easier thanks to the use of wider intercar gangways. Special lifts enable wheelchair users to board the train without outside help, directly from the platform opposite the train.
The train also complies fully with the TSI PRM requirements for visually impaired passengers, e.g. by providing a strong contrast on handrails and controls and introducing clear directional systems.
The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has been celebrating outstanding international product design since 1955 by awarding its famous Red Dot. The manufacturers and designers of a range of industrial products can now apply for the Red Dot in 31 categories. In 2015 companies and designers from 56 countries put forward a total of 4,928 products.
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