05/29/2012, It was last year when we first wrote about SARTRE, the technology and idea that cars can travel autonomously in a train-like convey. SARTRE, also known as Safe Road Trains for the Environment, aims to develop strategies and technologies that will allow vehicles to operate on normal public highways with significant environmental, safety and comfort benefits. Basically, the idea was to have a lead driver tow a train of cars […]
05/03/2012, The engineers over at Volvo have proven that big-rigged trucks can also be fast and fuel-efficient. The Mean Green is Volvo’s one-off diesel hybrid truck that has set a world record in speed, being the fastest hybrid truck on the planet. While there are quite a few (even rare) hybrid trucks around, the Mean Green is setting the bar high at 147 miles per hour or 236.5 kph, breaking its […]
03/12/2012, Nobody wants to get knocked down by a moving car – and if drivers are able to gain protection from airbags, how about pedestrians? The Swedish folks who churn out the Volvo S40 had this in mind, introducing the first airbag in the world for pedestrians to be outfitted on a car. There will be sensors installed in the grill that is capable of detecting impacts, releasing the bonnet while […]
01/04/2012, Gone are the days when SUVs are considered as gas guzzlers – not with the introduction of hybrid technology, that is. The Volvo XC60 Plug-in Hybrid concept is the latest idea from the Swedish motoring company. While most of the world will remain fixated on CES 2012 that kicks off for the masses this coming Sunday, the Detroit Auto Show is not that far off either, being just days away, […]
12/23/2011, When you think of iconic aspects of London, you probably think of the black cabs, the London underground, telephone booths and their double-decker buses. Well as it turns out, the double-decker bus will be getting a makeover come 2012 and will become a hybrid double-decker bus that officials promise is “most environmentally friendly” and “the latest, greatest masterpiece of British engineering.” Their words, not ours.
09/13/2011, Volvo has been known for putting out cars that are sturdy and reliable, with the emphasis being put in the safety of the car’s occupants. Granted they’re probably not as flashy and eye catching in terms of design compared to other cars in its class, but perhaps the Volvo Concept You will change your mind.
07/13/2011, As green as electric vehicles (EV) are, the fact of the matter is that the range they can cover is not quite up to par with gasoline powered vehicles, which is why Volvo has decided to produce a few electric test vehicles with range extenders through the use of combustion engines, which essentially turns them into hybrids. However unlike hybrids, the combustion engine will mainly be used for starting up […]
03/29/2011, It goes without saying that ambient temperature does impact the performance of the battery in electric vehicles by a significant amount, and therefore such temperature differences will have a major impact in the total range of such electric powered four wheelers. To make sure this will not affect their vehicles by too much, Volvo decided to equip its C30 Electric with a trio of climate systems that include a bio-ethanol […]
02/12/2010, The 2010 Volvo XC70 is the first automobile in the industry to get an Internet connected Rear Seat Entertainment System, where the entire system will run on the Windows XP operating system, feature Wi-Fi connectivity as well as a 500GB hard drive for storage space. This would mean you can keep your soon-to-be ex-backseat drivers quiet, as they can now enjoy surfing the Internet while on the road, download applications […]
02/10/2010, Volvo’s pedestrian detection system can be found on the revamped S60, adding on to other safety features which include an in-collision detection system as well as auto-braking. These unique combinations of tech are able to spot pedestrians who step in front of the car, warn the driver who will hopefully brake in time, and if not, the car will take over by automatically applying full braking power. Any vehicle that […]
12/14/2009, Volvo is the one name that most people would remember for making safe cars, and we’re eternally grateful that they did not hold back their patent for rear seat belts which has helped save many lives over the decades. Well, the Scandanavian company is at the forefront of safety yet again with the Volvo S60 offering a new pedestrian alert system to further reduce unwanted accidents on the road which […]
11/21/2009, Surprising as it may sound, Rolls-Royce has just joined Volvo as the only manufacturers to offer HD radio as a standard feature in every model, meaning that the Ghost and the Phantoms will be getting the feature. Aside from those 2 companies, Mercedes-Benz is starting to roll out the feature as standard in many of its premium feature packages, and Audi has also stated that by 2011 all its models […]
06/16/2009, Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has teamed up with Navteq to bring Volvo owners MapCare, a free map update program that ought to go some ways in making sure that drivers save a few hundred dollars when it comes to updating their in-dash GPS navigation systems with the latest maps. This program will offer two free map updates as long as you pick up a new 2010 Volvo C30, S40, V50, […]