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Uber Getting Thousands Of Autonomous Robo-Taxis From Volvo 20
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Autonomous, Reports, SPA, Tech, Uber, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 11 20th, 2017


Volvo will be supplying ride-sharing giant Uber with up to 24,000 autonomous drive compatible vehicles between 2019 and 2021.

These cars will be based on Volvo’s fully modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which is currently being used on the Swedish automaker’s 90-series cars, as well as on the new XC60 SUV.

“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology and Volvo Cars chooses to be an active part of that disruption,” said Volvo boss, Hakan Samuelsson. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”

These base XC90 premium SUVs that will be supplied to Uber feature all necessary safety, redundancy and core autonomous driving technologies required by the ride sharing company. The only thing left for Uber to do is add its own self-driving features.

“We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Volvo”, said Uber’s head of auto alliances, Jeff Miller. “This new agreement puts us on a path towards mass produced self-driving vehicles at scale.”

When asked when Uber might be debuting these self-driving cars in the U.S., Miller told Autonews that it’s “sooner than most people think,” adding that his company’s objective is to “be able to operate them [the cars] without anyone behind the wheel in select cities and environments.” In other words, he’s talking about Level 4 autonomous driving, as level 5 is still far off into the future.

“I don’t know of anyone in the world who is saying they will be able to do Level 5, which is autonomous all the time everywhere in every use case.”

Even though Uber won’t be fiddling with the XC90’s powertrain, Miller also said that several modifications had to be made to the car’s steering and braking systems.

“Those are two elements that we are making modifications to so the vehicle can operate as a Level 4 autonomous vehicles as opposed to just Level 2 or Level 3. We also have to embed sensors around the vehicle. In addition to what you see on the roof, there are several sensors behind the fascia of the vehicle.”

Of course, the fact that they’re starting off with the existing XC90 makes things easier on both companies.

“This would not be possible if it was a special [one-off] vehicle,” confirmed Samuelsson.

While providing Uber with these AD-compatible cars, Volvo will also use them for its own independent autonomous car strategy, which should lead to the release of a fully autonomous model in 2021.

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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Consumer Reports’ Least Reliable Cars For 2017 Are… 21
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Camaro, Consumer Reports, Fiat 500, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, GMC Acadia, Jaguar F-Pace, Mercedes GLC, Reports, Tesla Model X, video, Volvo XC90 on 10 21st, 2017


The Annual Reliability Survey of Consumer Reports for the year 2017 is out and as with every year, we get a list of winners and losers.
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Volvo’s Going To Build The Next XC90 In America 27
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 09 27th, 2017


There may have been a time when Volvos were made exclusively in Sweden, but those days are long behind us. By now it manufactures some models in China, and will soon start assembling them in the United States as well – including the next-generation XC90.
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Volvo’s Going To Build The Next XC90 In America 27
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 09 27th, 2017


There may have been a time when Volvos were made exclusively in Sweden, but those days are long behind us. By now it manufactures some models in China, and will soon start assembling them in the United States as well – including the next-generation XC90.
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Volvo XC90 vs Audi Q7 vs LR Discovery: Which One Ticks The Most Boxes? 13
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in audi, Audi Q7, Audi Videos, Land Rover, Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Videos, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC90 on 08 13th, 2017


The battle for the best seven-seat premium SUV is harder than ever when you got cars like the latest Audi Q7, the Volvo XC90 and the Land Rover Discovery.
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Volvo Offers $23,500 Off Leftover 2017 XC90 T8 Excellence Models 10
Aug
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in PHEV, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 08 10th, 2017


You don’t hear every day about such a big discount on a new model, with Volvo offering $23,500 off the remaining stock of its range-topping XC90 T8 Excellence models.
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Volvo Has A Problem With The Seatbelts On Some XC90s 19
Jun
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, Recalls, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 06 19th, 2017


Volvo has made a name for itself producing some of the safest cars on the road. And with a five-star rating from the NHTSA, and an IIHS Top Safety Pick award, the new XC90 is one of the safest vehicles it's ever made. But it's still subject to the occasional safety recall.
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KBB Puts Together Midsize Luxury SUV Comparison Test 28
May
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Acura, Acura MDX, audi, Audi Q7, Infiniti, Infiniti QX60, Land Rover, Range Rover Sport, reviews, video, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 05 28th, 2017


If you're in the market for a brand new midsize luxury SUV and are only considering models from Volvo, Audi, Land Rover, Acura or Infiniti, this video review could help you out.
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Volvo To Start Assembling XC90s In India 18
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in India, Reports, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 05 18th, 2017


Volvo Cars announced that it will start building models in a new assembly facility in India, starting from this year.
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Volvo XC90 Is Probably The Most Convincing Non-German Premium Model In The Market 10
May
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in UK, video, VOLVO, Volvo Videos, Volvo XC90 on 05 10th, 2017


Let’s face it, German companies are dominating the premium scene, despite the numerous attempts from other carmakers to steal customers away from them.
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Volvo XC90 Gets Wrapped In Satin Perfect Blue 29
Apr
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in tuning, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 04 29th, 2017


While the Volvo XC90 might not have the aftermarket appeal of a Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, a BMW X6, or even a Porsche Cayenne, it's by no means the runt of the luxury SUV litter.
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The Reason For Uber’s Arizona Crash Raises Questions About Self-Driving 1
Apr
Posted by Brad Anderson in Autonomous, Reports, Tech, Uber, VOLVO, Volvo XC90 on 04 1st, 2017


A number of new details about the crash involving an Uber self-driving Volvo XC90 in Arizona have emerged and they demonstrate how difficult it will be to perfect autonomous driving.
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Volvo Updates Sensus Infotainment, Expands In-Car Delivery Service 14
Mar
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, Tech, VOLVO, Volvo S90, Volvo V90, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC90 on 03 14th, 2017


Volvo have waited to launch the 2018 XC60 to perform a series of updates on their Sensus user interface.
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Even Volvo Issues Safety Recalls From Time To Time 27
Feb
Posted by Carscoops Staff in NHTSA, Recalls, VOLVO, Volvo S90, Volvo V90, Volvo XC90 on 02 27th, 2017


Volvos are known, above all else, for two things: safety and reliability. So we don't see many recalls coming from the Swedish manufacturer, but they do come around from time to time… even if they're rather small and specific in scope. Like with this one, for example.
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