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Volvo to Offer Driver-Focus Cameras - Does the Concept Threaten Our Privacy?

Volvo to Offer Driver-Focus Cameras - Does the Concept Threaten Our Privacy?

Will they save your lives or rat you out?

Volvo has decided to offer a driver-facing camera in its cars within the next one year, citing it as a safety feature. With privacy being a real issue these days and AI intruding the personal space, is this a wise move? Also, how are the introverts and camera-conscious people supposed to drive with camera staring at their face at the all time?

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Volvo and Google Come Together to Create an Android-Based Infotainment OS for Cars

Volvo and Google Come Together to Create an Android-Based Infotainment OS for Cars

No new Volvos in sight at the L.A. Auto Show as connectivity takes center stage

The big news from Volvo’s booth at this year’s L.A. Auto Show isn’t about any new models, because there aren’t any. In fact, the automaker didn’t bring a single car. Instead, Volvo’s emphasis was placed on a new Android-based operating system that is currently being co-developed with Google, and it could eventually be seen spreading throughout the Geely-owned family of marques.

Technology is paramount for Swedish automaker Volvo, this much we’ve known for years. But Volvo took it one step further by using the L.A. Auto Show as a place to talk about its future technologies, not about a futuristic concept car or a world premiere of sorts. We don’t really know too much about the new infotainment system that’s in the works but judging by the alliance involved; it should be impressive once ready.

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Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads

Uber Moves to Resume Autonomous Testing on Public Roads

But will the public move on from the deadly accident in March?

Uber wants to resume testing of its autonomous vehicle systems eight months after a Volvo SUV, part of the Uber test program struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona. Now, Uber wants to kick off testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and hopes to regain public trust.

Back in March, a Volvo XC90 SUV equipped with Uber’s self-driving systems hit a pedestrian who was crossing a street at night in Tempe, Arizona. Although the person was hit away from a crosswalk, Arizona officials quickly suspended Uber’s permits that allowed it to test the new technology on public roads in the aftermath of the incident.

Now, Uber has released a detailed safety report to showcase the lengths it will go to to ensure that future testing of the autonomous technology will be carried out safely. The company stated that it carefully analyzed what went wrong and that it has improved the onboard systems and now wants to resume testing in Pennsylvania.

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2018 Volvo 360c

2018 Volvo 360c

Worried about the stress of regional flights? Take the Volvo 360c instead

Volvo has pulled the sheets off of the 360C, a fully autonomous electric concept car that showcases a new way to go about domestic travel without having to pay the exorbitant amounts attached to airline tickets. The 360c concept is essentially a bedroom on four wheels that Volvo views as a possible alternative to regional flights. It’s not expected to go into production anytime soon, but it does open the door to a new and innovative way of using autonomous driving technology.

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Volvo to Add Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play Store to Vehicles

Volvo to Add Google Maps, Google Assistant, and Google Play Store to Vehicles

This is a clear-cut case of infotainment done right

It was just last May that Volvo announced its partnership with Google and the desire to bring Android-powered infotainment to the masses. It now looks like it will keep its promise with new models getting the Android-based system, along with Google Maps navigation, Google Assistant, and Google Play store, within the next couple of years. That means that by 2020, your brand-new Volvo could have some of that Android goodness.

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Buying and Owning a Car Is Now Hassle-Free Thanks to Volvo

Buying and Owning a Car Is Now Hassle-Free Thanks to Volvo

As simple as having a mobile phone!

The brand-new Volvo XC40 broke cover yesterday and got me all excited. As I mentioned in the past, I’m not a big fan of SUVs. I’d rather have a wagon. I may have to do with my European ancestry, but I also need to point that I’ve never felt really comfortable behind the steering wheel of a crossover until now. Anyway, the XC40 is small enough for me to enjoy (I think), but I also dig its exterior, which is based on the XC90, but not as boxy as its bigger brother. But there’s another reason why the XC40 just skyrocketed at the top of my "cool vehicles" list – the new "Care by Volvo" program.

It includes a range of services and subscriptions that will make the ownership experience as hassle-free as having a mobile phone. In short, your purchase will come with a pre-negotiated monthly fee, the possibility of driving away in your new cars without having to worry about service fees and third-party insurance, as well as an array of digital concierge services. The only downside at this point is that "Care by Volvo" is only available in eight countries, but other markets will be included later on. So how does it work? Find out below.

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Technical Spotlight: Volvo's T6 Four-Cylinder

Technical Spotlight: Volvo’s T6 Four-Cylinder

It’s both supercharged and turbocharged

Volvo might be best known for safety, but its recent advancements in powertrain technology might compete for recognition. The new T6 four-cylinder is a technological marvel that combines both turbocharging and supercharging to provide a powerful yet fuel efficient engine that pulls like a strong V-6 or mild V-8 while still achieving an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway in the 4,037-pound, AWD luxury sedan known as the S90.

The T6 builds off the foundation laid in the turbocharged T5 four-cylinder, but adds the belt-driven, roots-style supercharger. This is no ordinary blower, though. It uses an electromagnetic clutch within the supercharger’s nose cone that automatically and seamlessly disengages the compressor screws from the belt drive when the engine revs beyond 3,500 rpm. The reason being – superchargers deliver power best at lower engine seeds, but loose grunt higher in the power band. That’s why Volvo employs both a styles of forced induction.

Unlike the supercharger that supplies instant boost down low, the turbocharger works best at higher engine speeds and takes a few milliseconds to make boost. Volvo engineers eliminate any turbo lag by allowing the turbo to begin generating boost at the supercharger is taken offline. The transfer of boost is so seamless the 2.0-liter four-cylinder doesn’t even feel like it employs such whiz-bang witchcraft. It just supplies smooth power at nearly every rpm.

Volvo’s technical specifications say the all-aluminum, direct-injected engine generates 316 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 2,200 rpm. Variable valve timing on both intake and exhaust ports further help the cause, while more efficiency is squeezed from the T6 thanks to a variable pressure oil pump and electrically driven water pump. Helping keep temperatures in check is a double water jacket design within the cylinder head, allowing more coolant to flow around the ports.

Volvo calls the T6 a “high-feature” engine, but we’d say that’s a gross understatement. Wards Auto thought so too, awarding the T6 with a 10-Best Engine Award for 2016. Volvo S90 customers should note the T6 does require premium fuel, but in the grand scheme, seems like a fair tradeoff for such smooth power in every inch of its 6,500 rpm range. My experience so far has netted a 26.1 mpg combined average, which is above the 25-mpg estimate from the EPA. My tester is estimated to get 22 mpg in town. Not bad; not bad at all.

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Self-Driving Semi-Truck Takes 120 Miles Trip, Delivers Beer

Self-Driving Semi-Truck Takes 120 Miles Trip, Delivers Beer

The Bandit and Snowman would be jealous

Surely you’ve seen the iconic 1977 film, Smokey and the Bandit wherein The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) and The Snow Man (Jerry Reed) dodge the hard-nosed Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason) over hundreds of miles as the boys drive to Texarkana from Atlanta to bring back a load of beer in Snow Man’s 18-wheeler. If not, stop what you’re doing and watch it.

Anyway, the boys would be jealous if they saw this self-driving semi take a load of Budweiser beer from Fort Collins, Colorado to Colorado Springs – all without someone behind the wheel.

The 120-mile journey took place this week thanks to the partnership between Otto and Anheuser-Busch. Otto is a self-driving truck startup founded by ex Google employees and now owned by Uber. Anheuser-Busch, of course, is the long-established brewer of Budweiser beer.

"The initial appeal for us was to see how we could meet the needs of a company like Anheuser-Busch," Otto co-founder Lior Ron told USA Today. "But now after this successful test, we’re eager to see how it will handle other roads and other weather."

James Sembrot, senior director of logistics and safety for Anheuser-Busch, says the company wanted to "see if we could help pioneer technology that will make the jobs of those shipping product easier and safer." Sembrot continued, saying, "We liked the prospect of those folks traveling safer in trucks that help improve environmental impact. There’s no question in our mind that transportation companies will want to make these improvements."

Safety is always a priority and rested drivers are generally better, safer drivers. Secondly, the environmental impact would be the decrease in fuel consumption thanks to the self-driving truck’s smooth operation.

The Otto system isn’t fully autonomous. It does require a driver for city streets and urban areas. On the highway, however, the system can be activated, allowing the truck to pilot itself while the driver can relax or sleep.

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Volvo Set To Launch Car-to-Car Communication

Volvo Set To Launch Car-to-Car Communication

Swedish automakers joins Mercedes, Toyota, and others with this new tech

Add Volvo to the list of automakers that are now embracing car-to-car communication, as the company has announced plans to offer the technology across the top-range of its model lineup before the end of the year. In doing so, Volvo joins a list of companies that have started offering the tech that allows vehicles to exchange information regarding certain road scenarios, including obstacles and conditions that could pose a threat to oncoming cars.

Volvo’s entire lineup of 90 series models will get first dibs on car-to-car communication, including the S90, XC90, and V90 Cross Country. Volvo Senior Vice President for R&R, Peter Mertens, told Automotive News Europe that these models are expected to get the tech “at the end of the year” as preparations for its introduction continue with co-developer Ericsson. Once the tech is up and running, owners of any of the 90 series models will be able to communicate with one another through warnings of potential road hazards. According to Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson, the company makes use of cloud technology so direct links between vehicles are not required. Each car does require an internet connection for the system to work.

Volvo’s car-to-car communication system is not unlike what Mercedes is already offering for the E-Class that’s already active in some markets, including the US, Europe, and China. Volvo did say that its own system will evolve at some point to become more versatile will be equipped to handle more road conditions. There are also plans to expand the adoption of the tech to include the rest of its lineup in the future.

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Volvo Looking To Offer Autonomous Driving Technology As "Premium" Option By 2021

Volvo Looking To Offer Autonomous Driving Technology As "Premium" Option By 2021

Plans call for the option to cost $10,000

Volvo has been one of the most aggressive automakers pushing for the development of autonomous driving technology. And if the Swedish automaker’s timetable unfolds according to plan, it could begin offering a self-driving feature on its vehicles as a “premium” option by 2021.

Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson told Automotive News that the company is shooting for this goal to get ahead of competitors that are focusing their attention in other aspects of the rapidly growing technology. The company isn’t just shooting for self-driving technology that works more like a driver assistance system, something that Tesla describes its Autopilot system of being. Instead, Volvo wants to go the full way by offering a technology that can literally drive on its own without the need for the driver to be on alert when the car goes semi-autonomous.

Samuelson himself admits that if Volvo wants to attach the “premium” label on this option, it needs to be on full autopilot, allowing the driver to “sit back and watch a movie or whatever.”

If the technology does become available, Volvo expects the autopilot premium option to cost an extra $10,000 to the vehicle’s cost. Owners are not emboldened to avail of the feature, but for those who would want one, a range-topping Volvo S90 T6 AWD Momentum that costs $52,950 today would be priced at $62,950. That said, there’s no telling how much Volvo’s models would cost five years from now and more importantly, whether that $10,000 price tag for the self-driving option is going to remain at that number when it does become available.

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Volvo Partners with Autoliv to Develop Autonomous Driving Software

Volvo Partners with Autoliv to Develop Autonomous Driving Software

Swedish safety goes high-tech

Autoliv, a global automotive safety systems provider based out of Sweden, is partnering with Volvo in a joint venture to make autonomous driving software. The two companies hope to make driving safer through the implementation of new self-driving features, eventually pushing towards a future where full autonomy is the norm.

Currently, the new company is looking to set up shop in Gothenburg, Sweden, employing 200 workers pulled from both Autoliv and Volvo. The unnamed joint venture plans on eventually expanding to 600 employees, with operations commencing sometime early next year.

By joining forces, Autoliv and Volvo hope to create advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving (AD) systems, both of which will be incorporated into various Volvo products. Autoliv also expects to sell the ADAS and AD products to other automakers, with revenues shared between the two companies.

“This new company is a recognition of the fact that autonomous driving is the next step to transform road safety,” said Jan Carlson, chairman, president and chief executive at Autoliv.

For now, the plan is to get the ADAS products up and running by 2019, while the AD systems will see a release in 2021.

“By combining our know how and resources we will create a world leader in AD software development,” said Hakan Samuelsson, president and chief executive at Volvo. “This means we can introduce this exciting technology to our customers faster.”

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Ford, Volvo, Google Launch Group To Champion Autonomous Cars

Ford, Volvo, Google Launch Group To Champion Autonomous Cars

Five-company coalition also includes ride sharing rivals Uber and Lyft

In what could very well be a landmark moment for autonomous driving technology, Ford and Volvo have teamed up with Google, Uber, and Lyft to form a coalition that will push for federal action to help expedite the development of autonomous cars. The group calls itself the “Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets” and it’s main objective is to work hand-in-hand with lawmakers, regulators, and the general public in an effort to raise awareness of the “safety and societal benefits” of autonomous vehicles.

The formation of this group is about as serious as it gets in championing autonomous driving technology. All five companies not only share a common interest in the technology, but they’re also bent on ensuring that the tech gets the proper exposure and awareness from as many sectors as possible. It’s even tabbed former NHTSA chief David Strickland to act as the group’s counsel and spokesman.

Strickland himself discussed the formation of the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Cars in a conversation with Reuters, where in he emphasized the main objectives of the group as it pertains to the creation of specific rules on how autonomous driving cars can be integrated into public roads. The former NHTSA chief also insisted that the group isn’t an organized lobbying formation, but merely a “full policy and messaging campaign movement.”

The formation of the group comes at an intriguing time, especially when you take account the NHTSA’s own plans to issue self-driving guidelines by July 2016. The agency hopes to release these guidance to states, policymakers, automakers, and companies that are involved in developing autonomous driving technology.

It remains to be seen how effective the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets will be in championing this cause. But the mere formation of the group and those involved in it paints a clear picture that all parties are all-in on the development of autonomous driving technology.

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Volvo Launches China's Most Advanced Autonomous Driving Experiment

Volvo Launches China’s Most Advanced Autonomous Driving Experiment

Volvo looks to push the integration of autonomous cars with its latest experiment

It seems like it has been a while since we’ve gotten any major news about autonomous vehicles, but all that is about to change. Volvo is planning to launch a new experiment in which people will test autonomous cars on public roads in everyday driving conditions. The interesting thing is that Volvo is looking to start this experiment in China.

Apparently, the experiment will involve up to 100 cars that will be supplied by Volvo, assuming negotiations go well with select cities in China. If everything works out, local drivers in select cities will be able to ride around in the autonomous cars while data is collected. For now, it is just a plan, but in the coming months, Volvo is hoping to negotiate to get the necessary permission, regulations, and infrastructure for the experiments to take place. China has already made some pretty impressive strides in autonomous technology, but Volvo’s President and Chief Executive of Volvo, Hakan Samuelsson, wants to encourage China to do more to speed up the implementation of regulations that will oversee autonomous cars.

In fact, Samuelsson believes governments should step up and provide help to the auto industry in speeding up the process. In a recent press release, he said, “The sooner AD cars are on the roads, the sooner lives will start being saved. There are multiple benefits to AD cars, and that is why governments need to put in place the legislation to allow AD cars onto the streets as soon as possible. The car industry cannot do it all by itself. We need governmental help.”

It’s really no surprise to see Volvo stepping up and pushing the issue now. As you can probably recall, autonomous cars are a huge part of the brand’s commitment to nobody being seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo by 2020. For now, autonomous cars are still a long way off, but if it keeps getting pushed as Volvo is doing now, eventually the laws and regulations will be put into place. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen before the technology is ready.

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Volvo Pushing To Have Keyless Cars In The Future

Volvo Pushing To Have Keyless Cars In The Future

Swedish automaker looking to make car keys a thing of the past

Volvo’s pursuit to make the lives of its customers less complicated will soon include the ability to drive their cars without keys and share them with other people who also don’t have keys. If this sounds awesome and scary at the same time, it might be because it actually is awesome and scary at the same time.

Volvo has developed a technology that basically renders traditional car keys and the more modern electronic fobs both irrelevant. Instead, the car owner’s smartphone will function as the car key itself. There’s a Volvo app that controls all of these unique features and, through the power of Bluetooth, a Volvo owner can use the car, leave it behind, and actually share it with anybody for as long as you’re connected to them through Volvo’s On-Call app. How cool would that be, right? No physical exchange of car keys needed. A few swipes here and a few clicks there and somebody else can get access to your Volvo without having to come to you.

Just as important is when the shoe is on the other foot, like when you go somewhere and you need a car to drive. Through the same car-sharing feature of the app, you can search for a Volvo in another city and let other Volvo owners share their cars with you. This eliminates the need to go the car rental route and should make it easier for a lot of people in Volvo’s shared network to go places.

The technology is far from production-ready, but Volvo is optimistic that it could roll out the digital key to a limited number of vehicles by 2017. In the meantime, the Swedish automaker will be in attendance at the Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, Spain, later this month to showcase the technology to a public audience.

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 Volvo and Microsoft Enable People To Talk To Their Cars

Volvo and Microsoft Enable People To Talk To Their Cars

With the way technology has advanced over the past few years, it seems like more and more companies are joining forces to make the world a more connected place. Volvo and Microsoft have already been in bed together, bringing HoloLense technology to the automotive front back in November. Now, it looks like the two companies are about to pop out another love child – this time in the form of a wearable, enabled voice control system.

With the use of Volvo’s "Volvo on Call" and an on-call enabled car, consumers will be able to give voice commands to their car through the Microsoft Band 2. Vice President of Electronics for Volvo, Thomas Muller said, "Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilizing the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities."

That functionality he is talking about is the ability to lock your car doors, start the heater, program navigation, and even flash the lights or honk the horn. Surely, there will be additional functionalities like remote start and possibly even locating the car by GPS, should you forget where to park. Volvo isn’t the first manufacturer to bring some kind of car control via a mobile device, but this is functionality is the first of its kind as far as performing tasks from a wearable device. This voice control technology will become available in spring of this year.

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Volvo Launches In-car Delivery Service

Volvo Launches In-car Delivery Service

With the holiday season just around the corner, Volvo is introducing a new method by which Volvo owners can do their shopping online and have their purchases delivered straight to their cars. The Swedish automaker calls it the world’s first commercially available in-car delivery service, and according to the company, it’s an efficient way of giving time back to the consumers that’s otherwise taken up by having to go to stores and malls and doing the holiday shopping in these places.

The service is officially called the Volvo In-car Delivery and it works by way of a digital key that the delivery service can use to gain one-time access to the vehicle of the shopper. Once that digital key has been used up, it can no longer be used in future transactions.

Think of it like this. You’re doing your online shopping while taking you’re lunch break at work. Instead of having to go to a store and buy the items there, you can order online and have the goods delivered straight to your car. So once you finish up work and head back to your car, the goods would have already been placed inside of the car.

The service is only available at the moment for Volvo owners subscribed to the Volvo On Call service in Gothenburg, Sweden where the company’s administrative headquarters is located. Right now, Volvo has already secured deals with Lekmer.com, a Nordic online toy and baby goods store, and Mat.se, a Swedish online grocery retailer.

The company then hopes to roll out the service in other markets all over the world while also expanding its partnerships with more retail companies down the road.

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Volvo Presents Drive Me - Self-driving Cars For Sustainable Mobility

Volvo Presents Drive Me - Self-driving Cars For Sustainable Mobility

Volvo wants to put 100 fully autonomous vehicles into the hands of customers for use on select public roads in the Swedish city of Gothenburg within the next two years. The public pilot is part of a “one-of-a-kind collaboration between legislators, transport authorities, a major city and a vehicle manufacturer” according to a recent press release.

Using an array of sensors, cloud-based positioning systems, and intelligent braking and steering technologies, Volvo believes it has created a production-viable, fully autonomous driving system ready for consumer use. It’s called Drive Me.

Volvo says the main challenge was designing a system that could account for a diverse number of traffic scenarios and the potential for technical faults. At the outset, the fully autonomous driving function will only be used in “suitable conditions," which include a lack of oncoming traffic, cyclists, and pedestrians.

“Making this complex system 99 percent reliable is not good enough. You need to get much closer to 100 percent before you can let self-driving cars mix with other road users in real-life traffic,” says Dr. Erik Coelingh, Technical Specialist at Volvo Cars. “Here, we have a similar approach to that of the aircraft industry.”

Volvo cites benefits that include decreased environmental impact, greater safety, and additional free time.

The Drive Me system uses an enormous array of technology. These include radar, cameras, lasers, GPS, ultrasonic sensors, high-definition 3D digital maps, and cloud-based services that connect to the traffic authority’s central control hub.

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Volvo Plans to Sell Cars Online and Limit its Auto Show Attendance

Volvo Plans to Sell Cars Online and Limit its Auto Show Attendance

Marketing has always been a crutch that automakers rely on to promote their vehicles. It’s been that way for years and it will continue to be that way for the foreseeable future. Volvo,, however, is planning to take a different approach with its future marketing endeavors. Among other things, the Swedish automaker is set to become the first automaker to use online shopping as an integral tool in its sales strategy.

To our knowledge, nobody has fully embraced this approach quite like Volvo seems to be doing now. That’s why it’s both brilliant and insane at the same time. It’s a brand-new day for Volvo and it’s trying to differentiate itself from the rest of the industry by undertaking what it calls the “Volvo Way to Market.”

Part of that plan is to begin putting emphasis on a sales approach that’s become familiar with consumers all over the world, but rarely used in the auto industry. BMW previously thought about online shopping in 2013, only to be met with resistance from its German dealers. As far as Volvo is concerned, this online approach isn’t meant to leave its brick-and-mortar dealers out in the cold, but rather, supplement their selling power with an online tool that will still go through the usual seller network when it comes to deliveries.

In addition to using online shopping to sell its vehicles, Volvo also said that it’s putting in place a three-auto-show strategy that involves participating in just three shows in a calendar year, one for each region where it has a presence. The company has identified the Geneva Motor Show as its European show, the Detroit Auto Show as its North America show, and the alternating Beijing and Shanghai Motor Shows as its Asian show. The rest won’t have Volvo’s presence, something it believes will help keep the company away from the pressure of participating in the constant game of one-upmanship other automakers subject themselves to in these events.

Instead, Volvo will plan some of its debuts at its own annual events, similar to the way it launched the 2016 Volvo XC90 in August 2014. This approach is designed to showcase the debuting models with the lights exclusively beaming down on them.

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Volvo Reveals 450 HP Drive-E Powertrain Concept

Volvo Reveals 450 HP Drive-E Powertrain Concept

Volvo has revealed its latest motor concept, and if you didn’t consider the Swedish brand to be particularly sporty or cutting edge, prepare to reevaluate your opinions. This 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine before you comes with no less than three turbines, and should put out at least 450 horsepower, all with squeaky clean emissions and top-notch fuel efficiency.

If you didn’t know, Volvo is a leader in modern twin-charging; that is, equipping an engine with both a supercharger and a turbocharger. The idea goes like this, a supercharger provides low-rev grunt as the turbo spools up. Once the boost is built, a turbo takes over, providing high-end punch, essentially yielding a super-efficient engine with a broader powerband.

This particular powerplant is an evolution of the previous Drive-E twin-charged engine, but instead of using a supercharger to build boost, Volvo uses an electrically powered turbo compressor. This feeds compressed air to two parallel turbochargers, and voila, the triple boosted engine is born.

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Volvo Powershift Transmission

Volvo Powershift Transmission

Two-litre turbodiesel versions of the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 are now also available with a fully-automatic transmission. This new Powershift transmission is a six-speed unit. It features twin wet clutches that provide gearchanging comfort on a par with that of a fully-automatic transmission, yet with the performance one expects of a manual gearbox. What is more, it significantly cuts fuel consumption compared with a conventional automatic transmission.

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Volvo working on new technology that will improve road safety

Volvo working on new technology that will improve road safety

Volvo is showcasing a new generation of groundbreaking protective safety systems to help improve safety on our roads. Collision Warning with Auto Brake for pedestrians, Collision Avoidance by Auto Steering and Vehicle to Vehicle Communication are three Volvo concepts which are currently in development to provide better protection for people both in and outside the car.

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Volvo - first manufactures to offer digital HD Radio technology

Volvo - first manufactures to offer digital HD Radio technology

Announced today at the Boston International Auto Show, Volvo will be the first automotive manufactures in the U.S. to offer innovative digital HD Radio technology on almost all models. Equipped with the HD Radio system, Volvo owners will enjoy a higher-quality AM/FM radio system that features more channel choices, crystal-clear sound and new data services. Volvo Cars of North America, LLC will be offering factory installed HD Radio receivers as standard and optional equipment.

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Inside Volvo's Safety Centre

Inside Volvo’s Safety Centre

Over 2,000 Crash Tests and Counting
The Safety Centre at Volvo Car Corporation headquarters in Sweden recently performed its two thousandth crash tests since the centre’s inauguration seven years ago. Since 2000, the centre has grown to become an integral part of Volvo Cars safety leadership position and a vehicle research and development powerhouse, performing up to 10 crash tests every week.
The Volvo Cars Safety Centre is designed to reproduce a wide variety of collisions in an effort (...)

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