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  • 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