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Volvo innovation

Everything we do is designed around people, so every innovation we make is designed to simplify and improve your life. We’re especially proud of our advances in efficient power, connectivity and safety. We call our thinking in these areas Drive-E, Sensus and IntelliSafe.

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Volvo cars innovation areas

Innovations for a cleaner drive

Drive-E is our approach to sustainable mobility. It’s our innovative thinking behind a range of technologies that give you more power, more efficiency and greater driving enjoyment, while also respecting the environment. Drive-E is central to our philosophy of intelligent, thoughtful luxury and at the heart of every Volvo we make.

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Purer driving pleasure with Volvo Drive-E

Efficient power

Why shouldn’t efficient mean fun?

We believe that maximising efficiency shouldn’t mean compromising on power or driving pleasure. Thanks to enhanced aerodynamics, improved engine management technology and many other smart advances, you really can have it all.

Electrification

Plugging in to the future

We’re committed to developing fun-to-drive electrified cars, such as the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid, which gives you the choice of running on pure electricity, a powerful, but efficient, diesel engine – or both!

Cleaner air

Even the air in our cars is refined

Everyone’s happier if the air they breathe is clean. Our Interior Air Quality System filters out pollen and particles so that the air inside your car should be cleaner than the air outside, even in heavy traffic.

Responsible manufacturing

Minimising our environmental impact

Our European factories use electricity from renewable sources, our water-soluble paints are kinder to the environment and all new Volvos are 85% recyclable.

Volvo C30 Electric

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Volvo C30 Electric

The power of Drive-E

Our V60 Plug-in Hybrid runs on diesel, pure electricity – or both; our zero-emissions C30 Electric represents an important step in our development of electric vehicles. Watch the videos to find out more about both these cars.

Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

Unboxing the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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Unboxing the Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

We believe in sustainability. Do you?

At Volvo, we don’t do anything without considering our long-term responsibility to the environment – and you. Drive-E sums up our approach to this: from cleaner factories to a cleaner environment inside our cars and energy-efficient engines.

Volvo and sustainability

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At Volvo we believe in sustainability

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You and your car, connected

Sensus is our philosophy behind all our technologies that connect you with your car – and the world around you. Our elegant solutions are designed to give you information, entertainment and support just when you need them, allowing you to effortlessly and instinctively control and personalise every aspect of your drive.

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Volvo Sensus – connected car for personalized driving

Sensus connected touch

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Volvo Sensus – connected car for personalized driving

Putting you in control

Sensus Connected Touch turns your 7-inch display into a touch screen that connects you to a wide range of online services; the Volvo On Call app is designed to make your life less complicated. Find out more in these videos.

Volvo On Call app

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the Volvo On Call app – makes your life less complicated

Make your journey even more fun

We all get bored on long journeys. Fortunately, that’s now less likely thanks to Sensus Connected Touch. Connect to global radio with TuneIn, or stream music with our voice-controlled Spotify function: simply say the name of a song, and within seconds it’ll be playing in your Volvo. Just try not to argue with the kids about whose turn it is next.

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Volvo makes long journeys more entertaining

It’s like driving a smartphone on wheels

Why should you have to go offline just because you’re in your car? We know that staying connected to the world is important. That’s why our smart Sensus systems enable you to browse the web on your car’s hi-res screen (when stationary, of course), download apps and connect your mobile phone to your car’s speakers. It’ll even make your Volvo a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting other devices to the net.

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Volvo connect car

Find a location

So, where would you like to go?

Need a cup of coffee? A bunch of flowers in a hurry? Thanks to our Sensus technology it’s easy to search for the places you need to go to using Google, then link seamlessly to iGo, your Volvo’s connected navigation system

Plan your trip

We’ll help you get there – stress-free

If you’re heading into unfamiliar territory, it’s always useful to see in advance what your route and destination look like. Thanks to our online 3D maps, you can do just that – and arrive relaxed and on time.

Find your way

Finding your way is a breeze

Thanks to the navigation system iGo, we can give you visual and voice directions to get you to your destination as quickly and safely as possible. Our online maps are continually updated, so they’ll never go out of date.

Local information

We’ll help you get more out of your trip

Want to know what that building over there is? Simple. Our Roadtrip app will read out relevant Wikipedia entries as you approach places of interest. We can also give you the weather forecast for wherever you happen to be.

Want a remote control for your car?

How many times, on a freezing day, have you wished the inside of your car was warm before you got in it? Or wondered if you’d forgotten to lock it? No problem. You can turn on the heater, lock the doors – and more – via your smartphone, wherever you happen to be, with our Volvo On Call app. Volvo On Call even alerts the emergency services if you have an accident, or tracks your car if it’s stolen.

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Volvo on Call, remote control your car.

Intuitive controls

If only everything in life were so simple

We believe you shouldn’t need an instruction manual to operate a Volvo. Therefore all our controls, such as the thumbwheel on the steering wheel, are as easy and intuitive to operate as your favourite smartphone.

Intuitive displays

…and so easy to understand

We also believe you shouldn’t need a degree in computer science to understand your car. Using your Sensus screen, you can scroll through your car’s features – from navigation to multimedia – on an easy-to-read display.

Sensus Connected Touch

A touch of genius

You can now fit your Volvo with Sensus Connected Touch, a smart bit of technology that turns your 7-inch display into a touch screen. The system even works when you’re wearing gloves – and responds to voice commands.

Adaptive Digital Display

A display to match the way you feel

How are you feeling today? According to your mood or driving style, our Adaptive Digital Display option lets you alter the way your Volvo gives you information. Choose between three set-ups: Elegance, Eco or Performance.

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Redefining safety, every day

We’ve been leading the way in safety since Volvo was founded in 1927, and you can always expect our cars to protect you in a crash. But IntelliSafe goes beyond that. It’s our complete approach to safety: technologies that support you in your daily driving, protect you in the event of an accident – and prevent them from happening in the first place.

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Volvo is refining safety every day

We are your greatest supporter

Every Volvo we make is packed with smart technologies to support your driving. Park Assist Pilot steers you into a parking space and Cross Traffic Alert warns you if a car is approaching from the side as you reverse out of a space. Active High Beam means you no longer have to flick between dipped and full beam to avoid dazzling other drivers.

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Alert and react

We believe accidents are best prevented

Our cars have a range of smart technologies that will apply the brakes automatically if a collision is likely – for example, if you don’t spot a pedestrian in time, or if you’re about to collide with the vehicle in front.

Blind spot information

We can see where you can’t

If you’re changing lanes on the motorway, it’s hard to see if there’s a vehicle in your blind spot. Our warning system alerts you if there’s something there, letting you keep your eyes on the road ahead and move out safely.

Lane Keeping Aid

Helping you stay on the right track

If our Lane Keeping Aid senses that you’re straying a little too close to the white line (at speeds of over 65km/h) it will apply a gentle touch to your steering to help keep you in the right place.

We test our cars beyond the limit

Should the worst happen and your Volvo is involved in an accident, our cars feature safety cages made from ultra-hard boron steel to keep you safe. We test our cars rigorously to ensure they give you and those around you maximum protection.

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maximum tests for maximum protection

We won’t rest until you’re 100% safe

Our view of an accident-free future is simple: "By 2020, nobody shall be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo." We call this Vision 2020. Our world-leading safety experts are working hard to achieve this goal and won’t stop until they do. That’s the true meaning of IntelliSafe.

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Volvo's world-leading safety experts work towards an accident-free future

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Knee Airbags

State-of-the-art safety

IntelliSafe incorporates a wide range of innovative technologies to protect you and those around you. Some of our latest advances include Knee Airbags, Rear Alert and Pedestrian Airbags. Watch our videos to find out more.

Rear Alert

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Rear Alert

Rear Alert

Pedestrian Airbags

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Pedestrian Airbags

Pedestrian Airbags

You love your kids…

And so do we. Which is why we’re always working hard to keep them safe. Our baby and child seats are designed specifically for – and thoroughly tested in – our own cars. And several of our models have two-stage integrated booster cushions for older children, ensuring they’re always at the correct height for their seatbelts to work effectively.

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Volvo is working hard to keep children safe

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Volvo, the safest ride in the world