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Volvo teams with Microsoft HoloLens for virtual car buying

Volvo teams with Microsoft HoloLens for virtual car buying

In the near future, car buyers may find themselves putting on Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset in order to check out a Volvo in a kind of virtual showroom. The car manufacturer has announced a partnership with Microsoft to incorporate the HoloLens into the car buying experience. The concept they debuted today images a customer and car dealer putting on the headset and interacting with a holographic car.

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Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Why Volvo’s autonomous car concept is the most realistic yet

Volvo's autonomous car cabin might look like a Michael Bay movie, but the Concept 26 dashboard has a surprising vein of practicality most rivals are yet to attempt. The huge swiveling touchscreen and motorized wheel have the theater of a designer's fancy, but the sensible Swedes have actually thought through a lot more than how to build big, eye-catching displays into cars somewhere in a nebulous future.

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Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

Volvo Concept 26 Shows Autonomous Can be Pretty, too

The Volvo Concept 26 has just debuted at the LA Auto Show, and the interior concept highlights a striking vision of what autonomous driving could look like. Not bothering with an actual exterior, the idea here is to ruminate on what one might do if you suddenly had free time.

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Polestar hops up Volvo XC90 SUV

Polestar hops up Volvo XC90 SUV

Polestar has been in the limelight over the last few years making some Volvo cars actually desirable. Take the Volvo V60 Polestar wagon, one of the hottest cars to ever wear the Volvo badge. Polestar has now turned its hand toward making a larger Volvo people movie more fun to drive with a Polestar-ified XC90 SUV.

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Volvo talks electrification with all-EV model due 2019

Volvo talks electrification with all-EV model due 2019

Automakers are falling over themselves to talk electrification plans in the aftermath of VW's diesel woes, and Volvo is latest to the plate. The Swedish firm has promised a fully electric car by 2019, but in the meantime will flesh out its range with more plug-in hybrids like the XC90 T8 Twin Engine.

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Polestar Cyan Racing enters FIA WTCC Series with S60 Polestar racers

Polestar Cyan Racing enters FIA WTCC Series with S60 Polestar racers

Polestar Cyan Racing has announced that it plans to enter into the FIA World Touring Car Championship racing series in 2016. The race team will enter the fray with a sweet pair of Volvo S60 Polestar racing cars. The program is a multi-year deal and the announcement comes on the 30th anniversary of Volvo winning the 1985 European Touring Car Championship.

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Volvo ready to take responsibility for erring autonomous cars

Volvo ready to take responsibility for erring autonomous cars

Realistically speaking, we're probably still a few years away from seeing fully self-driving cars on public roads, but Volvo wants to get the legal ball rolling even while such cars are still in development. Becoming the first ever car maker to have the guts to make a very early promise, Volvo Cars president and CEO Håkan Samuelsson says that the company is prepared to be legally liable for any mishap caused by its cars when driving in autonomous mode. Hopefully by then, reported accidents won't be as many.

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Volvo garbage truck concept has a robot do all the lifting

Volvo garbage truck concept has a robot do all the lifting

Volvo has just announced a new joint venture product that aims to develop small, quiet robots that pick up your trash. Dubbed ROAR, for Robot-based Autonomous Refuse handling, the robots act as assistants to garbage truck drivers, taking care of the heavy lifting so they don't have to, and performing the task much more discreetly than the loud automated claw arms (seen above) in wide use today. It also helps to make the idea more appealing with the robots' concept design looking like something right out of a Pixar movie.

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2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country first-drive – Swedish Oddball

2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country first-drive – Swedish Oddball

The Swedes aren't the first people you'd associate with wacky projects, but the 2016 Volvo S60 Cross Country may force us to change that perception. Latest in the company's line of 60 series variants, it takes the venerable S60 sedan and gives it an unexpected lift, promising exclusivity along with the oddball looks.

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Volvo swallows Polestar to make the Germans blue

Volvo swallows Polestar to make the Germans blue

Volvo has acquired Polestar, the tuning company that turned sensible Swedish cars and wagons into bright blue performance machines. Set up in 1996, Polestar has two divisions, one for racing and one for tuning, and has been Volvo's "official performance partner" for those who want more grunt but to still keep their factory warranty. The deal will see Volvo using the Polestar brand for its internally-developed performance cars, as well as a broader range of engines - including twin-engine electrification systems - coming under the sports umbrella.

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Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept faces backwards

Volvo’s Excellence Child Seat Concept faces backwards

Kids and cars don't always mix well, whether it's because of toddlers' short attention spans or because of safety and comfort concerns for babies. But when you advertise a car that's designed for the ultimate luxury and comfort of its affluent owners, it better damn well make sure that it extends to owners who have babies to mind as well. Volvo is doing just that with its new Excellence Child Seat Concept for the XC90 Lounge Console Concept, but its particular implementation is definitely something of a head turner.

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Volvo On Call smart app to be accessible via Apple Watch

Volvo On Call smart app to be accessible via Apple Watch

Volvo has announced that it will be launching a new version of its Volvo On Call smart app. The app is designed to provide owners with seamless connectivity to their wearable devices including the Apple Watch and Android Wear devices. With the connectivity to the car via the updates app, drivers will be able to control settings, unlock and lock doors, and use other Volvo services.

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