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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 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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