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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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Volvo accident a case of mistaken autonomous identity

Volvo accident a case of mistaken autonomous identity

A combination of mistaken safety tech assumptions and over-confidence led to a failed "auto-parking" demonstration on the Volvo XC60, a car which doesn't even have such features fitted. The video, widely circulated and shown after the cut, is billed as a demonstration of the vehicle's driver assistance features for a crowd of spectators, who mistakenly expected the car to come to a halt on its own. Unfortunately, it seems the driver's assumptions about the car's behavior differed from what was actually programmed.

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2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

Nordic noir has invaded our television and our bookshelves, and now Volvo wants to do the same for luxury SUVs with the all-new 2016 XC90. As many companies, automotive and otherwise have discovered, throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily the best way to fix it. Nonetheless, it helps to have deep pockets when you’re tasked with completely reinventing your line-up, and Volvo has spent over $11bn since it was sold to Geely in 2010 and began to rebuild its range from the ground up. Now, we’re getting a taste of what that money bought, and like moody Scandinavian detectives, it turns out to be complicated.

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Volvo unveils new Lounge Console concept for those who like to be driven

Volvo unveils new Lounge Console concept for those who like to be driven

About a week ago, we talked a bit about the Volvo XC90 Excellence that is an SUV aimed at bringing comfort to both rear seat passengers. That SUV sat four people with both back seat passengers getting more legroom and lots of amenities. Volvo has rolled out another new concept at the Shanghai Auto Show called the Lounge Console.

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Volvo XC90 Excellence unveil set for Shanghai Auto Show

Volvo XC90 Excellence unveil set for Shanghai Auto Show

Volvo has announced that it plans to unveil a new top of the line version of its XC90 SUV at the Shanghai Auto Show. Volvo calls the model the XC90 Excellence and says that this will be the most luxurious vehicle that the company has ever built in its 88-year history. The car is billed as an elegant and refined four-seater version of the new XC90 that was launched recently.

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Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Volvo’s reflective paint lights up cyclists at night

Among the most important items bicyclists rely on to stay safe when riding at night are lights for their bike and reflective material either worn atop clothing or attached to the limbs. But Swedish car maker Volvo, which has a long track record of focusing on safety with their vehicles, has come up with something different as part of a collaboration with advertising agency Grey London and Albedoo100. It's called LifePaint, and it can be sprayed on bikes, clothing, and helmets in order to make them glow white when in the path of a car's headlights.

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Volvo self-driving Drive Me cars coming 2017, in Sweden only

Volvo self-driving Drive Me cars coming 2017, in Sweden only

When it comes to autonomous cars, Volvo isn't probably one of those that readily come to mind. And yet the car maker might be closer to that goal than you might think. In two years time, Volvo plans to have a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles under its Drive Me program running down the Gothenberg's highways. While the car's redundancy and failsafe mechanisms might make it sound like a safer bet, there is one catch. Volvo's cars will be available in Sweden only, at least initially.

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