Back in April, Volvo showed off its Lounge Console
at the Shanghai International Auto Show. The concept replaced the
usually-unoccupied front passenger seat of a chauffeur-driven vehicle
with a multi-purpose luxury footrest for use by the rear-seat passenger.
Building on that idea, the Swedish automaker has now unveiled the
Excellence Child Seat Concept, which replaces the front seat with a
With the growth of wearable technology, car manufacturers are pushing to integrate support for devices into their vehicles. With similar capabilities to the apps released by VW and BMW, Volvo has jumped aboard with an update to its On Call app, which now works with Android Wear and Apple Watch.
Next month, Gothenburg's public transport will get a little bit greener. The Swedish city will see the introduction of its first fully electric buses. According to Volvo, which makes the vehicles, they use 80 percent less energy than diesel equivalents.
You could argue that the passenger seat is largely redundant in a chauffeur-driven vehicle, aside from providing a handy place for the driver to put their packed lunch and newspaper. Volvo is looking to make better use of that space – for the rear-seat passenger at least – by removing the passenger seat and replacing it with a multi-purpose luxury footrest.
Just when you thought Volvo was done with the long-term launch of its new XC90
, it adds another model to the range. The top-end XC90 Excellence will debut at the Shanghai International Auto Show, and in addition to a list of impressive safety
claims, it will be the "most luxurious vehicle" the Swedish brand says it has ever built.
Volvo has long traded on its reputation for passenger safety, but it is also looking out for pedestrians
. In keeping with this, its newly announced Life Paint is aimed at making cyclists easier to see at night, by acting as an invisible reflective spray that glows under the glare of a car's headlights.
Volvo is a company known primarily for two things: safety and cars that look like the crate they're shipped in. The company may have lost the boxy image years ago, but it has never lost its dedication to safety. At the forefront of a raft of safety trends and developments for decades, Volvo recently announced that it is escalating its ongoing project allowing cars to share information about road conditions.
Almost a year ago, Volvo announced that it was working with Swedish helmet manufacturer POC to develop a car-to-cyclist safety system
. At the time, little information was available regarding how the system would actually work. Today, however, the automaker provided some details.
Volvo continues to chase better fuel economy with the development of a new three-cylinder engine, which will sit alongside the Swedish brand's Drive-E four-cylinder motors in its lineup.
Driver assistance technologies are becoming more common and more sophisticated with each passing year, but despite this, their function is still to reduce accidents rather than eliminate them – at least, for now. Volvo's project 360° is going the whole hog with a new technology that the Swedish car maker believes has the potential to eliminate deaths and injuries by a Volvo car or truck by 2020.