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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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Volvo 2015 V60, S60 and XC60 Drive-E First-Drive

Volvo 2015 V60, S60 and XC60 Drive-E First-Drive

Volvo has high hopes for 2014, glowing from a multi-billion investment after its break-up from Ford, and with a new engine architecture, Drive-E, for its refreshed best-sellers, the S60, V60, and XC60. They're important models for the Swedish car company, together expected to comprise 80-percent of Volvo's sales this year, but what's under the hood is arguably more of a game-changer. We grabbed the keys to all three to see whether a 4-cylinder engine can really deliver the best of a V6, and to see if Volvo stands a chance in coercing Audi buyers to swap their brand loyalties.

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Volvo Drive-E: Trying to wean America off its V6 addiction

Volvo Drive-E: Trying to wean America off its V6 addiction

Volvo already faced a challenge, taking on the big players in automotive post-divorce from Ford, but now it has given itself a second, arguably more difficult one: weaning America off of its big engine addiction. The Swedish car company has taken an unexpected approach with its model year 2015 line-up, the headline engine option being a 2.0-liter four-cylinder where you might have expected to see a V6 or even bigger. It's what Volvo calls Drive-E, and it's all about changing beliefs about what makes a great powertrain. We caught up with Volvo to find out more.

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Volvo “Drive Me” project brings 100 autonomous cars to the road

Volvo “Drive Me” project brings 100 autonomous cars to the road

Volvo today announced its new project "Drive Me", which aims to bring 100 autonomous cars to Sweden's roads, something that has been endorsed by the Swedish government. Under the project, Volvo and other authorities will "pinpoint the societal benefits" of self-driving cars, as well as seeing them in use on average public roads in ordinary everyday driving conditions. The project will take place in the city of Gothenburg.

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