Volvo http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/all en-GB Fully Charged: Volvo’s Google Cardboard test drive, Sharp’s 736ppi phone display, and all WP8 Lumia devices will get Windows 10 http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start your Friday off right with our quick-hit collection of hot tech news </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Cardboard x Volvo" alt="Google Cardboard x Volvo" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-cardboard-volvo.jpg?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/andrew-hayward" title="View user profile.">Andrew Hayward</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volvo offering branded Google Cardboard shell </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You might not have the time or inclination to book a real test drive, but Volvo still wants to get you into its overhauled XC90 SUV. The plan? Mail interested parties a branded Google Cardboard virtual reality shell and have them fire up the Android app to check out a digital drive.</p> <p>The black cardboard shell is apparently identical in design to the one Google <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/evolve/google-io-2014/fully-charged-google-s-cardboard-vr-helmet-evolve-leads-e3-critic-awards-nomin">handed out to I/O attendees</a>, and Volvo will begin mailing them out on 18 November through its Volvo Reality app. That app is available now on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.volvo.volvoreality">Google Play</a> and will hit the iOS App Store on the 18th, as well.</p> <p>And the Volvo-fied Google Cardboard will work with any smartphone-powered virtual reality apps, so there&rsquo;s little to lose by signing up for one if you don&rsquo;t want to <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">create your own from scratch</a>.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.volvocars.com/us/all-cars/all-new-volvo-xc90/Pages/Google-cardboard.aspx">Volvo</a> via <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/13/7217397/volvo-is-using-google-cardboard-to-get-people-inside-its-new-suv">The Verge</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/google/google-io-2014/how-google-cardboard-scratch/feature">How to make Google Cardboard from scratch</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Wuln2bJkp1k" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sharp has a 736ppi display in the works </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Now this is just getting ridiculous. It&rsquo;s well past the point of being perceivable by the average human eye at a reasonable viewing distance, but Sharp has a smartphone display in the works that boasts pixel density of 736ppi (pixels per inch).</p> <p>How does the 2560x1600 (2K) panel accomplish that? Well, it&rsquo;s just 4.1in - so it&rsquo;s plenty dense, but also rather small compared to current-day flagships. Still, Sharp apparently sees value in pushing the pixel density envelope, and it plans to have sample panels for partners next year, with mass production eyed for 2016 if companies want them.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.mobilemag.com/2014/11/13/sharp-4-inch-display-pixel-density-736ppi">Mobile Magazine</a> via <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/13/sharp-igzo-736-ppi/">Engadget</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sharp/sharp-preparing-4k-smartphone-lcd-screens-2016/news">Sharp preparing 4K smartphone LCD screens for 2016</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="750" title="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" alt="Sharp&#039;s 736ppi display" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sharp-736ppi-display.jpg?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All WP8 Lumia phones will get Windows 10 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>When Microsoft made the jump from Windows Phone 7 to WP8, its existing handsets didn&rsquo;t make the jump - which didn&rsquo;t sit to well with owners of those devices, as you might expect. But that apparently won&rsquo;t happen again with the leap from Windows Phone 8 to Windows 10, according to the official Lumia account on Twitter.</p> <p>Asked about upgrades, the account told a user, &ldquo;There will be Windows 10 upgrades for all Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices.&rdquo; There you have it. So if you&rsquo;re looking to get a Lumia in the next several months - such as the just-announced, <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/low-end-lumia-535-microsoft-s-first-post-nokia-phone/news">Microsoft-branded Lumia 535</a> - you can rest assured that it will be brought up to date once Windows 10 eventually debuts.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-claims-windows-10-upgrades-all-lumias">Windows Central</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/6-things-we-love-about-windows-10-and-3-we-hate/feature">6 things we love about Windows 10 - and 3 we hate</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Microsoft Lumia 535" alt="Microsoft Lumia 535" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-535-front.png?1416031513" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony celebrates 20 years of PlayStation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The original PlayStation launched in Japan almost 20 full years ago, in December 1994 (oh no, we&#39;re all super old) - and Sony Japan has kicked off the festivities with a breezy look back at two decades of software and hardware alike. If you&rsquo;ve owned one or more of the couple hundred million PlayStation boxes manufactured in the last 20 years, spare two minutes for this nostalgic blast.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4KW0OBCtz4">YouTube</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/playstation-3/playstation-vue-sony-s-console-based-answer-cable-and-satellite-tv/news">PlayStation Vue is Sony&rsquo;s console-based answer to cable and satellite TV</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m4KW0OBCtz4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/google/fully-charged-volvo-s-google-cardboard-test-drive-sharp-s-736ppi-phone-display-and-all-wp8-lu#comments Cars Gaming Google PlayStation Sharp Sony Volvo Windows 10 Windows Phone 8 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Andrew Hayward 1453156 at http://www.stuff.tv New Volvo XC90: Say hello to the safest SUV ever http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/new-volvo-xc90-say-hello-safest-suv-ever/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> According to the Swedish marque, nobody will be killed or seriously injured in one of its cars by 2020. The tech-heavy XC90 is one step towards that goal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Volvo XC90: A cyclists&#039; best friend" alt="Volvo C90 Safety" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/886358_150047_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Volvos may not be the fastest, sexiest or coolest vehicles on the road &ndash; but they have always been among the safest.</p> <p>The Swedish marque was among the first European manufacturers to adopt the use of airbags, it introduced a Side Impact Protection System as an option in the mid-90s and is the only manufacturer to currently offer an exterior airbag for pedestrian safety in its V40 model.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Autonomous = accident free </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;Human error accounts for 90% of all accidents,&quot; reveals Lotta Jakobsson, Senior Technical Specialist for Safety and the woman responsible for the new XC90&#39;s safety systems. &quot;I feel that autonomous driving should be used to reduce accidents rather than act as a convenience for drivers wanting to text or email behind the wheel.&quot;</p> <p>That would explain why Volvo&#39;s new Queue Assist function, which uses radar technology connected to the Adaptive Cruise Control to autonomously keep up with slow moving traffic, only works up to speeds of 15mph rather than motorway cruising speeds.</p> <p>The tech is extremely sophisticated, requiring the use of a number of radars and sensors, and can work in conjunction with Lane Keep Assist to ensure the vehicle doesn&#39;t stray into the path of other road users.</p> <p>&quot;The vehicle will require some input from the driver but it will step in and assist when concentration wanes during those long traffic jams,&quot; Lotta adds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/UNfkGkVXqFI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1201" height="900" title="Volvo XC90: the future of car safety" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/149816_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1201" height="900" title="Volvo XC90: the future of car safety" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/150057_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="902" title="Volvo XC90: the future of car safety" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886493_150067_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Brace, brace, brace </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Volvo has legally been able to attend accidents that occur within a set radius of its Gothenburg HQ since the 1970s and as a result, it knows that some prangs are simply unavoidable. &quot;We realise that accidents do happen,&quot; says Lotta.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;But we want to know how they happen and whether we can do anything to prevent them or reduce the seriousness of the resulting injuries.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The new Volvo XC90 features a run-off road protection package, a world-first piece of technology that can detect when the vehicle is about to leave the road and tighten the seat belts to keep the occupants in position.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Radar technology and a multitude of sensors is key to this technology working. We even have a system that can detect a rear end shunt. It flashes the hazard lights to warn the driver in the car behind before tightening the seat belts to brace the occupants for impact,&quot; Lotta reveals.</p> <p>These sensors and radars are called in to question again at junctions when the second piece of cutting-edge technology comes into play. As the XC90 is preparing to turn into a junction, it scans the road ahead to make sure the driver isn&#39;t about to cross the path of an oncoming vehicle. If it feels it needs to step in, the big SUV will first warn the driver and then slam on the brakes to avoid a head-on collision.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/100-self-driving-volvos-hit-streets-gothenburg/news" target="_blank">100 self-driving Volvos hit the streets of Gothenburg</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new XC90 can take over driving duties in jams" alt="Volvo XC90 safety" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886353_150045_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Head-on collisions will become a thing of the past" alt="Volvo XC90 safety" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886359_150048_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo XC90: beauty and brains" alt="Volvo XC90 " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/150088_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pedestrians aren&#039;t postboxes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The camera technology built into the new Volvo XC90 can detect pedestrians and cyclists, track their movements and then apply the brakes should someone decide to unexpectedly step in the road or cycle into the SUV&#39;s path.</p> <p>&quot;A huge amount of algorithms are constantly running,&quot; says Lotta. &quot;The software can distinguish between a person and a postbox, it knows that a human has arms, legs and a head. It can even distinguish between those wearing waterproof cycling clothing, which might cover the bits that distinguish a person from other road furniture,&quot; she adds.</p> <p>An alarm will sound if the technology senses that a pedestrian or cyclist&#39;s path conflicts with that of the car. It will also flash a warning on the LCD instrument binnacles before automatically applying the brakes should the driver fail to intervene.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="903" title="The Volvo XC90: beauty and brains" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/149806_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We&#039;re safer connected </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Volvo is already trialling an autonomous vehicle programme in its hometown of Gothenburg but Lotta Jakobsson believes that the lessons being learned will begin to filter through into non-autonomous products long before we see driverless cars on our roads.</p> <p>&quot;Autonomous vehicles require constant information from the grid, they must be connected not only to other vehicles but also the world around them,&quot; Lotta explains.</p> <p>&quot;Once more vehicles start connecting to the wireless network, we can begin working on technology that knows when another car has jumped a red light at a junction, for example, or when an emergency services vehicle is approaching at speed.&quot;</p> <p>The future will see more and more vehicles &#39;talking&#39; to one another and interacting with connected road furniture, which will work to improve the flow of traffic and reduce jams. It should also help Volvo achieve its Vision 2020 goal&nbsp;&ndash; which is starting to look like a realistic goal, and not just a lofty ambition.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff" target="_blank">All our amazing Hot Stuff</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Volvo XC90: A cyclists&#039; best friend" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/886366_150050_4_13.jpg?1411819381" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/new-volvo-xc90-say-hello-safest-suv-ever/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/new-volvo-xc90-say-hello-safest-suv-ever/feature#comments Cars Self-Driving Cars Volvo Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:19:24 +0000 Leon Poultney 1446016 at http://www.stuff.tv The all-new Volvo XC90 is a tech treasure chest on wheels http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/all-new-volvo-xc90-technological-treasure-chest-wheels/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> With cutting edge safety features, advanced voice control and a stylish touch screen system, Volvo&#039;s new Land Rover rival is a gadget lover’s paradise </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The new XC90 is a gadget lover&#039;s paradise" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Volvo-XC90.jpg?1409066632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sweet lights, man</strong><br />We thought you&#39;d notice those. The super-bright LED headlamps on the all-new Volvo XC90 are being referred to as &quot;Thor&#39;s Hammer&quot; lights, but don&#39;t say that in earshot of Marvel Comics&#39; lawyers. The fancy lamps are just part of the new, and typically Swedish, design language that includes a simplified front grille and a fresh range of rims that peak at 22-inches. But what lies beneath is arguably the most exciting aspect...</p> <p><strong>Has Volvo dumped a 6.0-litre V12 under the bonnet, then?</strong><br />No, quite the opposite in fact. The range-topping XC90 models feature hybrid tech that harnesses power from a four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor, which equates to nearly 400bhp underneath the right foot. Owners will also be able to motor on battery power alone for around 25 miles and avoid road tax thanks to the measly 60g/km CO2 produced by the pipes. A good range of frugal petrol and diesel engines will also be available at launch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Aren&#39;t Volvos a bit, erm, boring?</strong><br />That may have been true a few years ago&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but this car is the first in a long line of exciting new products from the revitalised manufacturer. The dashboard, for example, features a new tablet-like touch-screen Sensus infotainment system that operates most of the car&#39;s functions. It does away with the need for buttons, which allowed designers to beautifully de-clutter the interior surfaces.</p> <p><strong>What tech can we expect?</strong><br />Volvo has confirmed that its Sensus system will support <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple-carplay-puts-your-iphone-your-car-dashboard/news" target="_blank">Apple CarPlay</a> and <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/android/google-io-2014/google-io-keynote-live-blog/news" target="_blank">Android Auto</a>, as well as packing its own advanced voice control. Based on Nuance&#39;s speech recognition software&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;the same tech that underpins Apple&#39;s Siri&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Volvo&#39;s version can do everything from make phone calls to changing the radio station and even adjusting the climate control. </p> <p>The tiled display system on that fancy touch screen is extremely pleasing, too. Users simply select a menu and it expands, shrinking the others so they are constantly available. It&#39;s brilliantly intuitive and completely connected, so owners can take advantage of a whole host of cloud-based apps and services.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1202" height="887" title="Touch-screen Sensus is stylish and slick" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/22%20Volvo%20XC90-2.jpg?1409066632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="902" title="Seven ergonomic seats come as standard" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/21%20Volvo%20XC90.jpg?1409066632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1201" height="900" title="Hybrid tech and cutting edge safety features aplenty" alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/10%20Volvo%20XC90_0.jpg?1409066632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Volvos are super safe, aren&#39;t they?</strong><br />Yes they are. In fact, Volvo has set itself the goal that nobody will be seriously injured or killed in one of its vehicles by 2020. It&#39;s a tough task but the XC90 packs advanced tech that brings it ever closer to this target. A brace of advanced radars, sensors and cameras can now detect cyclists and pedestrians and will automatically apply the brakes if vulnerable road users cross the XC90s path. The car will also auto-brake if the driver attempts to turn into a junction when another vehicle is approaching. Finally, there&#39;s even a safety feature that pre-empts a road run-off and tightens the seatbelts in preparation for impact.</p> <p><strong>Taking on the mighty Land Rover Discovery is an even bigger ask, isn&#39;t it?</strong><br />It is, but Volvo&#39;s new offering is pretty swanky inside. A 19-speaker Bowers &amp; Wilkins sound system can be specified, as well as niceties that include a cut glass gear shifter and walnut inlays for the doors and dash. Plus, a fully stocked, seven-seater XC90 will cost around &pound;50,000 when it goes on sale next year, making it nearly &pound;10,000 cheaper than the equivalent Land Rover Discovery.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE</strong>:&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/apple/hands-volvos-apple-carplay-stereo-ios-friendly-infotainment-system/news">Hands-on with Volvo&#39;s Apple CarPlay stereo, the iOS-friendly infotainment system</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="902" title="Cut-glass gear shifter available to deep pockets " alt="Volvo XC90" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/26%20Volvo%20XC90.jpg?1409066632" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/all-new-volvo-xc90-technological-treasure-chest-wheels/news#comments Cars Hot Stuff Volvo Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:23:53 +0000 Leon Poultney 1445947 at http://www.stuff.tv 100 self-driving Volvos hit the streets of Gothenburg http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/100-self-driving-volvos-hit-streets-gothenburg/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swedish city the first in the world to hold a large-scale trial of autonomous cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="100 self-driving Volvos hit the streets of Gothenburg" alt="100 self-driving Volvos hit the streets of Gothenburg" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/volvo-self-drive-main.jpg?1398487984" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Swedish city of Gothenburg is to hold the world&rsquo;s first large-scale autonomous car trial, with 100 self-driving Volvos used in a pilot project called &ldquo;Drive Me&rdquo;.</p> <p>The cars will use 50km of public roads and experience &ldquo;everyday driving conditions&rdquo;, where their autonomous capabilities &ndash; braking, staying in lane, adaptive cruise control and parking &ndash; will be put to the test. While the cars are self-driving, their drivers won&rsquo;t need to do anything, but will be able to interact using smartphones and tablets.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Volvos in question are defined as &ldquo;Highly Autonomous Cars&rdquo;, which mean that most driving functions can be carried out automatically. A driver is however expected to be available for occasional control.</p> <p>The Drive Me scheme is being run in partnership with a host of Swedish government departments, and the idea is to demonstrate not only that self-driving cars work but that they&rsquo;re safer and more fuel efficient than their human-controlled counterparts.</p> <p>Research suggests that 90-95 percent of traffic accidents are the result of human error, and that autonomous driving can cut fuel consumption by up to 50 percent in certain conditions. (Plus, you get to read your Kindle and sip cappuccinos while your car whisks you home from the office, so what&rsquo;s not to like?)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature">Google, Drive: Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The cars will use 50km of roads, including motorways" alt="The cars will use 50km of roads, including motorways" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-drive-1.jpg?1398487984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="They can park themselves too" alt="They can park themselves too" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-drive-park.jpg?1398487984" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/100-self-driving-volvos-hit-streets-gothenburg/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cars Self-Driving Cars Volvo Fri, 25 Apr 2014 15:01:39 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1436196 at http://www.stuff.tv Volvo Roam Delivery will let you send your shopping straight to your car http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/volvo-roam-delivery-will-let-you-send-your-shopping-straight-your-car/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Digital key will turn your car boot into a drop-off point for online shops </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo Roam Delivery" alt="Volvo Roam Delivery" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/volvo-delivery.jpg?1393240127" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Missed deliveries could be about to become a thing of the past &ndash; if you own a Volvo.</p> <p>The Swedish car manufacturer is pioneering &quot;Roam Delivery,&quot; a service which lets delivery drivers deposit your online shopping in your car, wherever it is.</p> <p>The service uses Volvo&#39;s On Call app to locate your car, and assigns the delivery driver a one-use digital key, enabling them to open your vehicle up (but not to drive it off). You even get a text message to let you know that your order&#39;s been delivered.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/volvo-roam-delivery-will-let-you-send-your-shopping-straight-your-car/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/volvo-roam-delivery-will-let-you-send-your-shopping-straight-your-car/news#comments Cars MWC 2014 Volvo Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:07:12 +0000 Stephen Graves 1432698 at http://www.stuff.tv Google, Drive: Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Robot vehicles aren&#039;t some far-off tech dream. They&#039;re already on the road, and they&#039;re set to transform driving in the very near future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1102" height="826" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/google-car.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We may not have jetpacks and hoverboards yet, but when it comes to transport of the future we are literally <em>that</em> close to robot chauffeurs who will whisk you from work to home while you put your feet up in the back seat and unwind.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/adamoxford" title="View user profile.">Adam Oxford</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;d heard Google was making self-driving cars, but they also think the internet comes in balloons. They&#039;re crazy, aren&#039;t they? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The search engine&#39;s self-driving cars have been terrifying VIP visitors to the Googleplex for a couple of years now. The project was first unveiled in 2010, when it drove out of the fabled X Lab in a state far more mature and road-worthy than many could believe.</p> <p>Just three years earlier, six teams from around the world built self-driving cars that could complete the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DARPA_Grand_Challenge" target="_blank">DARPA Grand Challenge</a>, but the fastest could only average 14mph. It was fun, but not exactly practical for fetching the shopping. The Google car, with its road-worthy intelligence, was seemingly generations ahead of everyone else.</p> <p>And thanks to Google&#39;s ingenuity and clout, the idea has caught on fast. Most motor manufacturers are investigating the tech, and city planners from San Francisco to Soweto talk about them with enthusiasm.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1165" height="874" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-car-2.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I bet they&#039;re expensive, though? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Google typically uses Toyota Priuses (of course) with a US$150,000 custom rig of cameras and laser beam radar systems on top that provide the on-board computer with a real-time 360 degree view of everything that&#39;s going on around it.</p> <p>However, commercial self-driving cars shouldn&#39;t command quite such a premium. The University of Oxford has shown off a prototype named &#39;RoboCar&#39; &ndash; who said academics were no fun? - that costs just &pound;5,000 today.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/INHAKsQ9NfA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But robot cars? Surely they can&#039;t be safe. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>More than three and a half thousand people are killed on the roads every single day &ndash; 50% of whom aren&#39;t travelling in cars at the time. So tell us again about those wonderful human reaction times and how awesome your driving is.</p> <p>The reason tech firms from Motorola to Microsoft and transport planners are excited about autonomous cars is because taking driving out of human hands could be one of the most effective ways of saving lives since smallpox was eradicated.</p> <p>Google&#39;s cars have already proved themselves safer than human drivers, with just two minor accidents on record. One was the fault of the human driver, who had taken temporary control, the other was a rear-end shunt while the robot car was stationary.</p> <p>By continually drawing 3D maps taken from lots of sensors and comparing them against each other in real-time, the promise of robot cars are vehicles that are so aware of their surroundings it&#39;s almost impossible to crash into them. The theory is that autonomous cars are vehicles that are better at keeping following distances, don&#39;t shoot red lights and can brake harder, faster and more safely when they detect danger around them.</p> <p>Oh, and without human interference there&#39;d be no chancing it with split second red lights or undertaking to worry about. And since there&#39;d be bunching up on motorways and creating pointless traffic bottlenecks, or heavy feet to stamp on the accelerator, traffic would move faster, more efficiently and use less fuel too. Keeping traffic flowing safely and smoothly would also negate the effect that gridlock and traffic jams have on local economies too. At least, that&#39;s the theory.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I&#039;d never let a car drive me – what if there&#039;s a literal blue screen of death? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>That&#39;s why current legislation &ndash; where it even exists &ndash; insists that there has to be a driver who can take control if the autonomous system stops working. Ultimately, though, if all cars were autonomous, it wouldn&#39;t matter if one went rogue or broke down &ndash; the others would already know.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How would they know? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The current state of research into self-driving cars is mainly focussed on giving vehicles the intelligence to be aware of their surroundings and react to them. Cameras, laser beams, GPS receivers and other sensors festoon the surface of these vehicles so that they can spot potential problems &ndash; like someone racing up too fast behind you or a pothole in the road ahead &ndash; and taking appropriate action.</p> <p>The next stage of development, however, is to get cars talking together over local networks or even 4G connections. That way, the cars could self-organise into the most efficient and safe driving patterns possible, something that researchers at <a href="http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/solving-cities/the-highway-of-the-future-is-273-more-efficient/" target="_blank">IEEE</a> believe could increase the capacity of our roads by 273%.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-how_0.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But really, the technology must be years off? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Mercedes-Benz already has a semi-autonomous version of its S-Class out now. That car has an augmented cruise control which can keep you in the centre of a motorway lane. GM and Volvo both plan to release more mass-market cars with similar systems within the next three years.</p> <p>The biggest news, however, is that just a week after Nissan said it would have fully autonomous cars on the streets by 2020, Volvo announced that it will trial a fleet of 100 self-driving vehicles in its home town of Gothenburg, Sweden by 2017.</p> <p>These will be safe enough, says Volvo, that the drivers won&#39;t have to monitor the car&#39;s behaviour constantly and will be able to relax and read the paper as they go.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Isn&#039;t Volvo a little, well, sensible to be getting into exciting things like robot cars? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Swedish government has set itself the ambitious target of zero traffic fatalities by 2020 &ndash; Volvo itself says it wants no-one to be killed by one of its (new) cars by the same date.</p> <p>We even spent time driving (well, not driving) Volvo&#39;s autonomous car last year. <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/we-test-drive-volvos-self-driving-car/feature" target="_blank">And we were impressed</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524662355001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524662355001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-7"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volvo, huh? Next you&#039;ll be telling me Milton Keynes is on the cutting edge... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Actually Milton Keynes is so far beyond the cutting edge on this one it&#39;s doubled round and knocked itself out on the blunt side of the knife. A fleet of 100 pod-like vehicles capable of travelling at up to 12mph is set to arrive in the town some time in 2017, following a vanguard attack of 20 such vehicles next year.</p> <p>The space-y looking pods seat two people, and the initial batch will only be able to move down specially designated pathways. The second wave, however, will be equipped with sensors for avoiding collisions and be allowed to share routes with pedestrians.</p> <p>David Cameron has also said that he wants to go further, and make the UK a leader in driverless car tech.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524620831001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524620831001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-8"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Driverless pods in Milton Keynes? Is this the Reliant Robin of the future? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You do know Reliant built an electric sportscar that predated the Tesla by 30 years, don&#39;t you?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1025" height="769" title="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" alt="Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/robin.jpg?1387766455" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-9"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Everything I know is wrong. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, it probably is.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why you should be pumped about self-driving cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Google, Drive: how robot vehicles will transform motoring </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-be-pumped-about-self-driving-cars/feature#comments Audi BMW Ford Google Self-Driving Cars Volvo Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:24:25 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1430198 at http://www.stuff.tv Why car-to-car communication will make road rage a thing of the past http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/why-car-car-communication-will-make-road-rage-thing-past/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Forget winding down the window to make rude gestures. In future, your car will do all the talking. You just have to listen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/23-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>It’s always when you’re in a hurry, isn’t it? Every traffic light goes red as you drive towards it. Every. Single. One. It’s unbelievable.</p> <p>But here’s something you can believe. In future, your car will tell you how fast to drive in order to reach every single traffic light when it’s green. It’ll also tell you when you’re about about to hit a traffic jam (hopefully in time for the satnav to recalculate), when there’s an ambulance coming up behind you and when you’re about to hit a patch of black ice. How? Read on…</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/paddy-smith" title="View user profile.">Paddy Smith</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 802.11p – the new Wi-Fi for cars </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You’ve heard of wireless b, g and and n (<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/why-you-should-care-about-80211ac-wi-fi/feature">perhaps even newfangled ac</a>), shorthand for the IEEE standards used for Wi-Fi products. But you may not know about wireless p, the designation for “wireless access in vehicular environments” (WAVE). That’s to say it’s just for cars and traffic infrastructure to communicate with each other. Oh, and it's not as big as this bootful of clutter - that's just some prototype kit that'll be shrunk to a tiny circuit for production.</p> <p>What makes 802.11p exciting is that it doesn’t need to go through the relatively lengthy conversation your laptop has with the router every time it wants something from the internet. That means two cars that can “see” each other (no third-party network required) can strike up a digital conversation immediately. They don’t even need to use Skype.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/2013-07-02-16.30.13.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What did one car say to the other? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The idea of cars talking to each other may belong in the present to Lightning McQueen and Holly Shiftwell, but in future your motor will be chatting to its fellow four-wheelers (and two) on a regular basis. It’ll probably be a bit more highbrow than a script-by-numbers Disney animation, too.</p> <p>When a car ahead breaks down or hits a traffic jam, it’ll be able to send a warning signal to other 802.11p connected cars on the same road (even just those in the same lane). Cars will also be able to use friction data from their wheels to warn approaching cars of ice patches or other slip hazards. And once that patch thaws, your car will be able to report back with the all-clear. You needn’t lift a finger. Maybe just lift your right foot a bit when the warning systems go off, eh?</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2528694431001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2528694431001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Red light, green light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>So, those red lights we all hate… well, they won’t stop going red. But they will talk to your car. So, if you do stop at a red light, it’ll give you a countdown to green on the dashboard – and ping you a five-second warning before the car behind does.</p> <p>Better still, Volvo has developed a glowing range on its speedometers that’ll tell you the optimum speed to drive so you’ll get to the next traffic light when it’s green.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/24-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/18-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/21-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/16-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> When’s it all happening? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s happening now. This week, we got to drive one of Volvo’s Car2Car test vehicles on a track with prototype traffic lights, a prototype Swedish police car and a pretty scary slip track.</p> <p>Of course, it’ll take a while for infrastructure (ie. lights) to catch up to the cars, but you can expect your car to strike up a conversation with something else at the traffic party before the decade is out.</p> <p>Volvo is also pioneering street legal self-driving cars. Check out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/we-test-drive-volvos-self-driving-car/feature">our test drive of the new technology</a>.</p> <p><em>All images and video courtesy of Volvo</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/20-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="car to car communication" alt="car to car communication" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/22-Car2Car-communication.jpg?1373247048" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Cars Volvo Fri, 05 Jul 2013 15:07:55 +0000 Paddy Smith 1424689 at http://www.stuff.tv We test drive Volvo's self-driving car http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/we-test-drive-volvos-self-driving-car/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s the future of motoring – and we&#039;ve gone behind the wheel. Find out what it&#039;s like to take the self-driving car for a spin… </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo self-driving car" alt="Volvo self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/volvo-self-driving-car-main.jpg?1379295705" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you were from Sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg, you’d know Stora Holm.</p> <p>It’s where you came for skid training when you learned to drive. Today, it’s where we’re finding out why driving lessons might become a thing of the past – especially if you’re getting a Volvo. Gothenburg’s famous car maker is showing off its vision for tomorrow’s roads – the self-driving car.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/paddy-smith" title="View user profile.">Paddy Smith</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> What the… ? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yep, from the end of next year, Volvo’s XC90 will “assist” the driver. And by “assist”, we mean “accelerate, brake and steer.” Or, to boil it down to its essence, “drive.” Before the decade is out your car should be able to pootle about on its own while you’re supping a cappucino or watching a movie. But in the short term, it’ll chauffeur you around while you look out the window.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo self-driving car" alt="Volvo self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-acc-steer-driver.jpg?1379295705" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The test drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’ve driven a new, high-end automatic in the past few years, you’ll be aware of adaptive cruise control – a feature that automatically adjusts your car’s speed to that of the car in front. You simply set the upper limit, take your feet off the pedals and steer.</p> <p>Volvo is adding Steer Assist which – as the name suggests – does the steering for you, too. So, you sit in the driving seat, set the car to follow the one in front and it does. The feature is built with traffic jams in mind, not motorway cruising, but even at relatively slow speeds it’s a thrilling ride.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524662355001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524662355001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I can&#039;t wait... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Most car reviews will blind you with numbers – top speed, brake horsepower, torque, gear ratios – and perhaps add a few details about the driving position or how easy it is to get your golf clubs into the boot. Not this one though, because you only need to know one thing about this car: it drives itself.</p> <p>That ought to be terrifying (even I can’t put 100 per cent of my trust in a prototype), but the reality is that computers are already better drivers than people. As a footwell-stamping, breath-intaking backseat driver of some repute, I’ve rarely felt more at ease with someone (well, something) else at the wheel. A high-octane hot lap with a trained racing driver can be great fun, but I know who I'd rather drove me to work in the morning. Thankfully, I don’t have long to wait.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-box-out-byline"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/paddy-smith" title="View user profile.">Paddy Smith</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> fear factor </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It’s pretty eerie watching a computer driving a car for you – with a camera and radar as its eyes and ears – but you can take back control at any time. The car will always listen to the human first and its own systems second. Until you put it in danger, that is, but we’ll come to that…</p> <p>Put away your visions of driverless cars menacing the streets. That’s later (yes, really, we’ll come to that, too). But should you want to send a text or retrieve your child’s banana from the footwell, you can. We don’t recommend it, but it’s totally possible. And much safer that doing it in a car that isn’t driving itself, which plenty of people do already.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper brightcove-player-wrapper"> <script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js"></script> <script src="http://admin.brightcove.com/js/APIModules_all.js"></script> <div class="brightcove-player"> <object id="myExperience-2524620831001" class="BrightcoveExperience"> <param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /> <param name="playerID" value="" /> <param name="playerKey" value="AQ~~,AAAAEgPmGlk~,Fzd-TvXcznw-P3piHaryQBMeIzWITldz" /> <param name="isVid" value="true" /> <param name="isUI" value="true" /> <param name="dynamicStreaming" value="true" /> <param name="@videoPlayer" value="2524620831001" /> <param name="autoStart" value="" /> <param name="htmlFallback" value="true" /> <param name="includeAPI" value="true" /> <param name="templateLoadHandler" value="brightcoveTemplateLoaded" /> <param name="width" value="640px" /> <param name="height" value="360px" /> </object> <!-- This script tag will cause the Brightcove Players defined above it to be created as soon as the line is read by the browser. If you wish to have the player instantiated only after the rest of the HTML is processed and the page load is complete, remove the line. --> <script type="text/javascript">brightcove.createExperiences();</script> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How the…? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>As we’ve said, it’s a natty system of sensors and computing that lets the car drive itself, but Volvo’s particular expertise stems from research done for the EU’s successful Sartre Project for road trains – strings of autonomous cars on motorways that can create virtually-coupled locomotives of any length. So, you can manually steer off course and the car will bring itself back into line, but when the car in front pulls into the next lane, the lane recognition kicks in and stops you drifting across the road. Thankfully.</p> <p>Sadly – for you, but not for fellow road users – Volvo’s production 2014 XC90 won’t let you drive with your hands off the wheel. It’ll help you steer if you stop paying attention (even with Steer Assist off, it’ll gently bring you away from road edges and barriers if it thinks you’re about to have an accident) and it’ll slam the brakes on if it thinks you’re about to hit a pedestrian (even in the dark), a large animal or another car.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo self-driving car" alt="Volvo self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-barrier.jpg?1379295705" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo self-driving car" alt="Volvo self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-how.jpg?1379295705" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Why the… ? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Being Volvo, the buzzword is safety (it’s actually “Intellisafe”, but we’ll leave that one in the corporate handbook). The company envisages a near accident-free future, claiming that no new Volvo cars will be responsible for deaths or serious injuries from 2020 onwards. Those are strong words – but with 1.3 million people dying on the world’s roads every year, mostly owing to human error – they’re softly spoken.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Whatever next? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Psuedo self-driving cars will be here in 2014. But truly autonomous cars – ones that drive themselves without human supervision – are coming this decade. They’ll find their own parking spaces, pick you up in town and talk to the world around them. We’ve seen that future too, but that’s a story for another day…</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Volvo self-driving car" alt="Volvo self-driving car" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-driving-car-auto-park.jpg?1379295705" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Test drive: self-driving car </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> We take a spin in Volvo&#039;s car of the future. Or rather, it takes us </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-carousel-image-small"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item small image:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_carousel_image_small" width="450" height="340" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/volvo-self-drive-caro.jpg?1379295705" /> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/volvo/we-test-drive-volvos-self-driving-car/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cars Volvo Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:51:53 +0000 Paddy Smith 1424631 at http://www.stuff.tv