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Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

Volvo turns all its cars into mobile hotspots (with a catch)

Volvo is making 3G connectivity standard across its cars, with the company's Sensus Connect infotainment system now standard on all US models, functioning as a WiFi hotspot, remote control gateway, and more. All 2015 Volvo cars will include web music streaming support, including Pandora, TuneIn, and Rdio, as well as Yelp POI reviews, Glimpse location-sharing, and live weather updates, served through an AT&T connection.

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Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

Volvo Inflatable Child Seat Concept is lighter than most at 10lbs

One of the biggest problems with conventional child car seat is its weight. You can expect them to weigh close to the 25-pound range and besides being bulky; they are highly inefficient as travel luggage. Parents of toddlers can heave a sigh of relief as an inflatable and lighter version is being worked upon by Volvo. Called the Inflatable Child Seat Concept, this rear-facing child car seat is a little over 10 pounds and fits into your travel bag with ease.

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Volvo car-to-car chatter warns of icy roads

Volvo car-to-car chatter warns of icy roads

Volvo has kicked off a car-to-car communications system where nearby vehicles can warn each other of icy road surfaces. One of the first such projects in operation out in the wild, the current fleet of fifty cars - set to grow over the coming winter - use mobile data networks to send road friction data to a centralized database, which then pushes out warnings to other cars in the same area.

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Volvo and Mercedes demo Apple CarPlay: WiFi link incoming

Volvo and Mercedes demo Apple CarPlay: WiFi link incoming

Volvo has demonstrated Apple's CarPlay in action, as well as confirming that a wired connection won't be the only way to hook up an iPhone to your dashboard. Although CarPlay will initially require a physical link via Lightning cable between iPhone and infotainment system, Volvo says that "in the near future" there'll be a WiFi option for wireless use. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a batch of its own screenshots showing CarPlay running on its cars.

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Apple “iOS in the Car” Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo deal tipped imminent

Apple “iOS in the Car” Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo deal tipped imminent

Apple will announce the first iOS in the Car vehicles with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Audi next week, insiders claim, as the company makes a push to spread the iPhone and iPad software to car dashboards. The deal, which is expected to be officially announced at the Geneva Motor Show, will mark the first time the iOS 7 feature linking an iPhone or other device with a car's own infotainment system will be fully demonstrated.

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Volvo echoes Tesla with touch-tablet style digital dash

Volvo echoes Tesla with touch-tablet style digital dash

Volvo has been showing off its vision of the next-gen dashboard, following Tesla in using a console-dominating touchscreen rather than dozens of physical buttons. Set to hit the market in the Volvo XC90 later this year, the new system uses a stack of UI "tiles" focused on different key points of in-car functionality, with shortcut controls on the wheel for when it's too risky to reach out and stab an on-screen button.

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