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  • Self-driving coalition gains safety and mobility members

    Self-driving coalition gains safety and mobility members

    The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets doubled its membership this week. But rather than adding more car manufacturers and tech stars, the coalition added organizations that have a real stake in the implementation of self-driving cars: Mothers Against Drunk Driving, National Federation of the Blind, United Spinal Association, the R Street Institute and Mobility 4 All. Read More

  • Volvo’s new XC60 will automatically steer as well as brake to avoid crashes

    Volvo’s new XC60 will automatically steer as well as brake to avoid crashes

    The new Volvo XC60 does more on behalf of the driver in order to prevent accidents, moving the SUV further along the continuum toward full autonomy. The new model of the car adds automated steering in tandem with automatic braking to avoid collisions, as well as a few other tricks that involve software taking the wheel when it believes it’s necessary. Read More

  • Testing Volvo’s large animal detection

    Testing Volvo’s large animal detection

    I’ve tested Volvo’s Pilot Assist and Park Assist Pilot in the Volvo XC90 and Pilot Assist II when I briefly drove the Volvo S90 last fall. But I hadn’t yet had a chance to test the Large Animal Detection system. So I enlisted a menacing five-foot T. rex rather than driving around on rural roads waiting for a deer to jump out at me. I’ve included a short video clip… Read More

  • Honda partners with new DRIVE smart mobility startup hub in Tel Aviv

    Honda partners with new DRIVE smart mobility startup hub in Tel Aviv

    Honda is extending its courtship of startups through its Xcelerator program with a new partnership announced Wednesday with DRIVE, a new startup hub in Tel Aviv, Israel that focuses specifically on smart mobility tech, including transportation and automotive solutions. The partnership will see Honda’s Silicon Valley Lab work directly with the DRIVE center, offering “expertise… Read More

  • Daimler to operate self-driving cars on Uber’s network

    Daimler to operate self-driving cars on Uber’s network

    Daimler and Uber have announced a partnership that will see the automaker introduce its own self-driving cars for use on Uber’s ride sharing service. The team-up is the second alliance Uber has struck with a car maker in pursuit of its goal of delivering self-driving service to users, the first of which was struck with Volvo and resulted in the XC90 self-driving test car that serves… Read More

  • Volvo creates a car sharing unit

    Volvo creates a car sharing unit

    Volvo announced that it’s joining other automakers in creating a business unit devoted to car sharing. The new shared mobility unit will be based on Sunfleet, a car sharing service that Volvo has run since 1998. So after nearly two decades, Volvo should be pretty comfortable with the service. The new unit will expand Sunfleet globally. Right now, it only operates in 50 cities in Sweden… Read More

  • The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 provides more evidence of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) technology trickling down to more affordable cars. Between the luxury of the 2017 Volvo S90 and the Spartan appeal of the 2017 Toyota Yaris lies the Mazda3 in the middle ground. In order to get all of the ADAS goodness, you have to begin with the Grand Touring trim level, which starts at $24,195. Then you… Read More

  • Volvo won’t mark its first self-driving cars to avoid trolling by humans

    Volvo won’t mark its first self-driving cars to avoid trolling by humans

    Volvo has little confidence that human drivers will be reliably kind and courteous to the first robot cars to hit the road: The carmaker plans to leave its first road-faring self-driving cars, a pilot group of 100 SUVs leased to users in London sometime in 2018, completely unmarked. Details of the plan come from Volvo senior technical lead Erik Coelingh, who shared the info with The… Read More

  • Volvo cars will start talking to each other by the end of 2016

    Volvo cars will start talking to each other by the end of 2016

    Cars being able to see the car in front of them is great, but it’s ultimately a one-way street; car-to-car two-way communication is a key ingredient toward effective and safe driver assistance and autonomy features, which is why it’s great that Volvo is set to debut its own car-to-car communications in shipping vehicles by the end of this year (via Automotive News). Volvo… Read More

  • Volvo to target luxury buyers with self-driving car coming in 5 years

    Volvo to target luxury buyers with self-driving car coming in 5 years

    High-end vehicle, chauffeur included? You can see why it makes sense that Volvo would target the luxury end of the market with its upcoming self-driving car. Volvo announced plans to field a vehicle by 2021, thanks in part to a $300 million deal with Uber that will let it leverage some of their work, but now we have some more details, including the vehicle’s high-end approach. Volvo… Read More

  • 20-minute hot take: 2017 Volvo S90 Pilot Assist

    20-minute hot take: 2017 Volvo S90 Pilot Assist

    I’ve spent the last couple of days at a Northwest Automotive Press Association driving event, and the last car of the two dozen or so I drove was the 2017 Volvo S90 with the latest version of IntelliSafe, which includes City Safety, Pilot Assist, and more. I’ve already put my name on the list for a more extensive test drive, but even with less than 30 minutes of drive time, I… Read More

  • Volvo and Autoliv launch joint venture to create self-driving software

    Volvo and Autoliv launch joint venture to create self-driving software

    Yet another partnership has been forged to help usher in the era of self-driving software: This time, it’s Volvo, which announced (via Reuters) a joint venture with Swedish-American car safety system supplier Autoliv to create autonomous driving. Volvo is already a partner of Uber’s in self-driving cars, and this new venture looks like yet another effort to help propel the… Read More

  • Uber and Volvo put $300M into building self-driving cars ready for sale by 2021

    Uber and Volvo put $300M into building self-driving cars ready for sale by 2021

    Part of the arrangement that will bring self-driving Uber on-demand vehicles to Pittsburgh roads by the end of this year will also help Volvo bring its own self-driving cars, for use as either personal vehicles or as autonomous taxis, to market by 2021, according to the WSJ. The two companies are investing a combined $300 million, roughly split between the two, in a deal that will seek to… Read More

  • Uber’s launch of self-driving cars mimics its approach to ride-for-hire

    Uber’s launch of self-driving cars mimics its approach to ride-for-hire

    Uber revealed today that it would put self-driving Volvo SUVs on the road in Pittsburgh, picking up actual passengers, with a driver on board only to make sure everything goes smoothly. It’s a launch of near-complete autonomous vehicles that seemed to come out of nowhere – just like Uber itself. In Bloomberg’s telling of the launch of Uber’s self-driving program, they… Read More

  • Are consumers, automakers and insurers really ready for self-driving cars? Crunch Network

    Are consumers, automakers and insurers really ready for self-driving cars?

    Since news broke of the fatal accident involving a Tesla Model S that was on “Autopilot,” the media and various experts have been locked in high-speed Socratic dialogs on the pros and cons of self-driving cars. To date, most questions have focused on three key areas: liability, the technology and ethics. Read More

  • Drivers are warming up to autonomous cars. Mostly.

    Drivers are warming up to autonomous cars. Mostly.

    The results of two new studies — one big, one really big — on what consumers want in autonomous cars have been released recently. The answer of both is, in a nutshell, we want to be able to let a car drive on its own when driving is monotonous or annoying, like during the daily commute. But we also definitely want to have the ability to take control of the car if something goes wrong. Read More

  • Tesla and Toyota among the smartest and the most connected companies

    Tesla and Toyota among the smartest and the most connected companies

    Visiongain, an analysis firm based in the U.K., released a report this month listing the top 20 connected car companies, which includes all the usual suspects, such as Volvo, Ford and Honda. Tesla and Toyota were also among the top 10 automotive manufacturers in the connected car market, which Visiongain projects to be worth $35.7 billion in 2016 alone. Toyota and Tesla also made the MIT… Read More

  • Liability in the coming age of autonomous autos

    Liability in the coming age of autonomous autos

    While we are many years away from an autonomous utopia, where cars pick us up and drive us where we need to go without a human at the wheel, we are seeing the first steps toward self-driving cars. Volvo, Honda, Audi, Tesla—pretty much every auto manufacturer, plus Google and probably Apple—is incorporating advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) into cars we can buy right… Read More

  • Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space Crunch Network

    Investment opportunities in the autonomous vehicle space

    As companies race to make autonomous vehicles a reality, investment activity in the space is heating up. The AV investment landscape is complex. It includes both hardware and software players; it features competitors ranging from early-stage startups to large publicly traded corporations. This article provides a primer for those interested in understanding and investing in the rapidly evolving… Read More

  • Semi-driving the semi-autonomous 2016 Volvo XC90

    Semi-driving the semi-autonomous 2016 Volvo XC90

    The 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 R-Design has an all-new look and a powerful 2-liter supercharged engine with 316 horsepower. But this is TechCrunch, where we’re all about that tablet-like center console and pushing all the buttons to see how well the vehicle can drive on its own. Volvo’s goal is to eliminate injuries or fatalities in crashes in its vehicles by 2020, which means removing… Read More