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Volvo scores an autonomous car soundtrack to settle your stomach

Volvo scores an autonomous car soundtrack to settle your stomach

The whirr of electric motors is increasingly familiar as we shift away from internal combustion, but autonomous vehicles may need a soundtrack of their own, a new project by Volvo and partners concludes. Focusing on how passengers in self-driving cars will build trust in autonomous systems, as well as ways to use sound to avoid motion sickness, the two year project has come up with a recipe for a "sonic soul" that could make future transportation feel less alien.

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EV drivers are getting better Google Maps route planning – with a catch

EV drivers are getting better Google Maps route planning – with a catch

Google is adding new features for electric vehicle drivers to Google Maps, improving its algorithms for EV route planning, though just who'll be able to make the most of them will depend on what's parked in your garage. The goal, Google says, is to improve how trip planning for journeys that involve two or more recharging pitstops is handled, to reduce stress and trim driving time.

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2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Review – A hotter plug-in hybrid

2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Review – A hotter plug-in hybrid

Polestar may be occupied making all-electric cars right now, but that doesn't mean it's too busy to give co-owner Volvo a hand with some performance upgrades for the Swedish automaker's most popular models. The 2021 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered is fine example, a plug-in hybrid promising not only green credentials but a bump in power under the hood and in pleasure from behind the wheel.

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Volvo Penta just automated the skills preventing boat owners’ most expensive screw-ups

Volvo Penta just automated the skills preventing boat owners’ most expensive screw-ups

Forget driver assistance tech on the road: Volvo Penta is taking it to the water, with a new Assisted Docking system for your boat. Unveiled at CES 2021, the technology promises to give novice boaters the skills of seasoned salty sea-dogs by aiding - though not replacing - them at the controls.

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Volvo teases second Recharge EV design strategy

Volvo teases second Recharge EV design strategy

Volvo is readying its second new electric vehicle for its big unveil in early 2021, though don't expect it to necessarily be cheaper than the XC40 Recharge. The automaker plans to use its new "Recharge" branding for a whole family of EVs, much in the way that it standardized on a smaller portfolio of gas engines back in 2014.

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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 First Drive – Crossover EV has Swedish star potential

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge P8 First Drive – Crossover EV has Swedish star potential

It's unfair to say that Volvo took the easy route in developing the 2021 XC40 Recharge, the all-electric version of its popular subcompact SUV. Sure, it may be built atop the same Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform of its gasoline brethren - and, indeed, the same architecture resting underneath its Polestar 2 cousin - but the XC40 Recharge's biggest triumph is how it seamlessly blends with urban traffic without eliciting curious "is that electric?" stares from passersby and other drivers.

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Turns out, we can’t be trusted to use high-tech car assistance tech safely

Turns out, we can’t be trusted to use high-tech car assistance tech safely

Advanced driver assistance systems that help drivers stay in lane and keep pace with highway traffic also lead to a big uptick in driver disengagement, a new study by IIHS concludes, as users get complacent about just what the tech can and can't do. It's likely to be another controversial addition to the arguments between safety regulators and automakers, over just how safe so-called Level 2 systems can be.

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Volvo dropped vehicles from a crane for extreme crash testing

Volvo dropped vehicles from a crane for extreme crash testing

A new video has surfaced that shows Volvo attaching one of its XC 40 SUVs, and other cars, to a crane. These vehicles are connected to the crane and then hoisted 30 meters into the air. Once in the air, the SUV was released where it plummets to the ground smashing hood first into steel plates on the ground.

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This Volvo P1800 Cyan is a restomodder’s dream come true

This Volvo P1800 Cyan is a restomodder’s dream come true

Swedish automaker Volvo and touring car racing world champion team Cyan Racing were kind enough to give us a thorough glimpse of its ‘newest’ P1800 restomod. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of Volvo’s iconic 2+2 GT sports car, the new version is essentially a 1960s Volvo P1800 infused with modern day performance.

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Volvo trims its car subscription to just four months

Volvo trims its car subscription to just four months

Volvo has tweaked its subscription car service, bringing forward the cancellation period on Care by Volvo so that drivers can return the car after just four months. Launched in 2017, the subscription competes with vehicle leasing, and includes not only the Volvo itself but insurance, servicing, and other fees in a single monthly payment.

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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge gets a price and a charging network

2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge gets a price and a charging network

Volvo has priced up its new all-electric crossover, with the 2021 XC40 Recharge getting not only US pricing but a nationwide charging network to go with it. Headed to dealerships later in the year, the XC40 Recharge is the electric version of the regular XC40 compact SUV, swapping the turbocharged and supercharged gas engines for 402 horsepower of EV motor.

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Volvo and Polestar’s electric Tesla rivals get their official EPA range results

Volvo and Polestar’s electric Tesla rivals get their official EPA range results

Two of the most eagerly-anticipated new electric cars of the year have their official US range figures, with the 2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge and the 2021 Polestar 2 finally getting EPA test results. The two EVs could reasonably be described as cousins, given their similarities under the sheet metal and indeed in the cabin, with Polestar being Volvo's electric collaboration with Geely.

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