Volvo Is Going To Let The Actual Public Operate Its Autonomous Cars

Volvo announced this morning that it's about to let 100 real, actual, normal members of the public sit behind the wheel of new XC90s — and not drive them. That's because these cars are completely autonomous, and only in the virtual hands of the inept and mechanical-ham-fisted public can robo-cars truly be tested. » 2/19/15 11:15am 2/19/15 11:15am

Volvo Created a Bike Helmet That Warns Drivers About Nearby Cyclists

Though they share the road, bikes and vehicles don't always play nice together. So Volvo, known for making some of the safest cars on the road, has helped develop a new safety helmet that lets bikes and vehicles communicate so that both cyclists and drivers are aware of each other when in close proximity—even if… » 12/19/14 10:30am 12/19/14 10:30am

Why Volvo Thinks It Can Eliminate All Deaths In Its Cars By 2020

Safety is a science-based religion at Volvo – its founders named "humans" the most important part of a car in the early thirties. Their latest project, Vision 2020, set the goal of eliminating death in all of their new cars in five years time. For most companies that would seem utopian nonsense, but this is the… » 12/09/14 12:15pm 12/09/14 12:15pm

Ford's Adding Another Self-Driving Feature to Its Cars Next Year

There's a lot of debate over when—and whether—self-driving cars will hit the road. Elon Musk says six years. Volvo says three. However, some of the features of self-driving cars are already in action. And with Ford's announcement that its sedans will sport pedestrian detection technology starting next year, there are… » 10/23/14 4:46pm 10/23/14 4:46pm

Google's Self-Driving Car Is the Future We Need

In the aftermath of Google's unexpected unveiling of its very own steering wheel-free cutemobile, the internet is dripping again with opinions about self-driving cars. Some say they'll save us. Some say they're doomed. But really, we're all after the same thing: a better way to get around. And right now, self-driving… » 5/29/14 10:00am 5/29/14 10:00am

Classified ad for old Volvo is as ridiculous as any new car commercial

Volvo's Inflatable Child Seat Concept Fits in a Backpack

At one time the military actually tried to develop inflatable planes that were strong enough to fly, but easy to transport. Those never materialized, but the technology involved—a drop-stitch fabric that can be inflated to very high pressures—has enabled Volvo to create an inflatable child car seat that's just as safe… » 4/11/14 11:29am 4/11/14 11:29am

Formula 1's Advanced Hybrid System Is Coming To Your Next Car

That may look like an ordinary Volvo S60, but it's far from it. Inside that handsome but inoffensive Swedish body is the same technology that helped make Formula One cars so fast in the last few years — the hybrid Kinetic Energy Recovery System. That's good news if you like efficiency and speed. » 3/29/14 2:53pm 3/29/14 2:53pm

What It's Like To Use Apple's CarPlay Hands-Free System

While you might have expected Apple's CarPlay iOS system to appear in a Tesla, the winner of this race is Volvo, who will be using Apple's software for hands-free connectivity in all their future models. Here's the first hands on with new system straight from the Geneva Motor Show floor. » 3/04/14 9:35am 3/04/14 9:35am

What Apple CarPlay Looks Like in Action

While Apple showed off a few screengrabs of its CarPlay in-car iPhone and iPad integration system earlier, we finally have some actual video of it in action. Not surprisingly, it turns your car's dashboard into a big 'ol iPhone copilot. » 3/03/14 10:36am 3/03/14 10:36am

These guys made a $2 million Lamborghini with only $15,000 and a Volvo

If it looks like a Lamborghini, if it smells like a Lamborghini... it still might just be a Volvo. Yep, the $2 million supercar you're staring at above was made at home from guys at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan using a thirty year old Volvo 740. The total money they spent to make a carbon copy of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento… » 2/18/14 10:00pm 2/18/14 10:00pm

Volvo Plans to Put Self-Driving Cars on City Streets by 2017

Volvo's hitting the gas on its plan to sell self-driving cars. The Swedish (but Chinese-owned) company just announced a trial that will put 100 driverless cars on the streets of Gothenburg in 2017. They'll navigate traffic, dodge pedestrians, and even park themselves. Pretty futuristic! » 12/02/13 7:20pm 12/02/13 7:20pm

Volvo's Awesome New Autonomous Self-Parking Car Is Pure Magic

Realizing that cars that automatically parallel park themselves are old news, Volvo has taken the concept one step—actually several miles—further with a new concept vehicle that can actually find an empty spot and park itself in a lot. You just abandon your car at the entrance of a parking lot, and like a valet you… » 6/20/13 1:40pm 6/20/13 1:40pm

Future Volvos Will Drive Themselves in Slow Moving Traffic Jams

In a few short years Volvos-the fancy ones, anyway-will include a cruise-control system that lets your car drive and steer itself through crawling traffic. So if your daily commute involves a long stretch sitting in a jam, you'll be able to sit back and read a book, get caught up on work, or just keep your hands free… » 10/26/12 10:13am 10/26/12 10:13am

Fleets of SARTRE Cars Will Band Together in Self-Driving "Road Trains"

There are definite advantages from convoying behind big-rigs on long drives—and not just the fuel savings. If this new networked-vehicle system comes to fruition, riding behind Smokey will also enable your car to drive itself. » 5/29/12 8:20pm 5/29/12 8:20pm

Turn Skinny Foreigners Into American-Style Fatties With Google's Crazy…


Google rolled out a new project on Friday to remake classic ads for the Web. Basically it's an attempt to show how Google can modernize powerful old-fashioned one-way branding for a new interactive era. Also? It's got great troll-tential. » 3/11/12 6:00pm 3/11/12 6:00pm

Even the Pedestrian You Accidentally Hit Now Gets Their Own Airbag

Volvo has always built some of the safest cars on the road, protecting the vehicle's passengers when the unthinkable happens. But now the company has added an additional airbag to its V40 that could save the life of a pedestrian. » 3/07/12 5:40pm 3/07/12 5:40pm

Volvo's Newest Concept Car Just Wants to Be Touched (Updated)

Volvo revealed its newest concept luxury car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show and finally answers the question of how many touch screens you can cram into a car's interior. Hint: It's four. » 9/13/11 8:49am 9/13/11 8:49am

The GPS Map sits inside the Speedometer display, the gear indication as well. Seat and climate controls are handled…

And the Best Nerdabolous Joke Ever Award Goes to... Switch Real Car for…

Legoland California's General Manager Peter Ronchetti has a Volvo XC60. At least until a couple days ago someone decided to use a lift fork to switch it to a life-sized, 2,934-pound Lego XC90 made of 201,076 bricks. » 6/23/11 12:46pm 6/23/11 12:46pm