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Volvo might not be a name that you immediately think of when it comes to the electrification of automobiles (Tesla typically holds that honor), but it is taking steps to ensure that hybrids and fully-electric cars become central to its business. The company announced that starting in 2019, all of its vehicles will feature electric motors that either aid gasoline engines or take care of all propulsion duties. Many luxury automakers offer hybrid versions of their vehicles either to enhance performance or increase fuel economy, but Volvo will be the first to go “all in” on its journey to a time when... Read more...
Despite cautionary push back from regulators and lawmakers, it is becoming increasingly clear that self-driving cars are the future. Development in the area has been proceeding at a breakneck pace. Even so, one has to wonder when exactly autonomous vehicles will become a reality, versus just a prototype. It could be sooner than you think thanks to a new partnership between Volvo, Autoliv, and NVIDIA. The two automakers have teamed up with NVIDIA to accelerate the advancement of self-driving car technology. As part of that alliance, they have set an ambitious goal of having production vehicles built... Read more...
How would you like it if Android was behind the operating system powering your instrument cluster and the display screen mounted in the center of your dashboard? No, we’re not talking about the Android Auto intermediary that is being supported by more and more auto manufacturers, but the full-blown Android operating system. Google is set to unveil such an endeavor this week at Google I/O. According to the Bloomberg, Google’s efforts would put it in direct head-to-head combat with BlackBerry’s QNX operating system, which is found in over 50 million cars traveling the world’s roads. But whereas the... Read more...
Tesla Motors knows how to stay in the headlines, be it with the “mainstream” Model 3, the refreshed Model S, or by touting the capabilities of its technology-laden Autopilot system. However, it’s the latter tech that getting attention today, because one of its competitors is throwing some ID4 City Destroyer-level shade on Autopilot. In an interview this week, Trent Victor, Volvo’s senior technical leader for crash avoidance, took the time to call out Tesla Autopilot by name. "It gives you the impression that it's doing more than it is," said Victor in an interview with The Verge, before going on... Read more...
Where autonomous driving is concerned, two things are certain: it's going to be a big part of our future, and companies like Google want that future to get here as soon as possible. Last month, we reported on Google's proposal to the government which highlighted reasons why the allowance of autonomous vehicles on our roads should happen sooner rather than later. In effect, Google believes that if a self-driving car can pass the same driving tests that humans must pass, then they should stand the same exact chance of being allowed on the road. It's hard to fault that logic. Fast-forward to today,... Read more...
Volvo has been firing on all cylinder lately, having recently launched the attractive, all-new XC90 crossover, and lifting the veil on the S90 sedan. And just this week, Volvo set wagon lovers’ hearts ablaze with the reveal of the V90. Now, Volvo is making a run for techies by doing away with physical keys starting next year. Rather than using an actual key or even a wireless fob, Volvo will offer cars that can instead unlock/lock and start the engine using using a smartphone application, in essence serving as a digital key. All functions that could normally be accomplished with a key fob, including... Read more...
It seems like we can't go a single day without hearing about something relating to virtual reality, and because of that, it's easy to forget about AR, or augmented reality. Both VR and AR cater to different sorts of needs, and with its HoloLens, Microsoft has in the past proven that AR isn't just about fun, it's about productivity. As we now learn, it can also be about giving customers a unique experience when it comes to purchasing a car. In a new spotlight video, Volvo talks about how it can use HoloLens to better explain features of its autos to potential customers, as well as let them... Read more...
Google isn’t the only company out there field testing self-driving cars. A day after Google provided a long-overdue update on its autonomous auto project, Volvo stated that it, too, is cruising city streets with robot drivers. Volvo’s driverless cars are navigating the streets of Gothenburg, Sweden, and Volvo says that its Autopilot technology is meeting performance expectations. “The test cars are now able to handle lane following, speed adaption, and merging traffic all by themselves. This is an important step towards our aim that the final ‘Drive Me’ cars will be... Read more...
Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are making steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you’ll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don’t have to squeeze your way... Read more...
Cars were once a technological wasteland. Brand new vehicles, with ancient technology. And while modern cars still lack modern tech appointments, the gap is getting a bit less wide of late. Volvo just announced a voice-activated music system in conjunction with Spotify. It's fully integrated into the dash through Volvo's Sensus Connected Touch solution, making it both voice activated and touch enabled. The new system allows drivers to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver's mobile phone connection through their dashboard. Drivers will be able to play any Spotify track they... Read more...