Platooning may be the new way of travelling on motorways in as little as ten years time – and the EU-financed SARTRE project has carried out the first successful demonstration of its technology at the Volvo Proving Ground close to Gothenburg, Sweden.
The exciting EU SARTRE project has now been running for a year. Its purpose is to develop, test and validate technology for vehicles that can themselves in long road trains on motorways. The SARTRE team is currently aiming at carry out the first development tests of a single lead and following vehicle before the end of 2010. Released today is a documentary film describing the first year's work of this multi-partner research initiative.
Volvo Cars is recalling Garmin nüvi 760 and 765 navigators for safety reasons. The Garmin product, which has been installed in several Volvo models, may have a defect that causes some battery types to overheat.Volvo Cars' own navigation system, Road Traffic Information (RTI), is not affected by the recall. Only the Garmin navigators are subject to the recall.
Volvo Cars is now taking the next step towards next-generation electric car technology. Backed by research support from the Swedish Energy Agency the company is initiating development of a fuel cell that can extend the electric car's operating range without any carbon dioxide emissions.The aim is to have two prototype chassis based on the Volvo C30 DRIVe Electric ready for testing in everyday traffic in 2012.
Volvo Cars' work on electrification technology includes a systematic approach to safety issues related to battery power. The basic perspective is that a battery-powered Volvo must be as safe as any other new Volvo car - when it comes to owning and driving and also in the event of an accident.
ICA and Siemens are now joining 'One Tonne Life' as industry partners - a world-unique test in which a family with children will try to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions to one tonne per person per year. ICA will be responsible for the family's food supply and help the family members to make conscious choices that reduce their carbon footprint via their meals. Siemens will be equipping the household with appliances of the highest quality when it comes to energy and water consumption. Both of the companies will be contributing with information on how the family members can reduce their carbon footprint with regard to food handling, dish washing, laundry and cleaning.
Volvo City Safety has received Euro NCAP Advance, an assessment rating for new and exceptional safety technology that was awarded for the first time ever at the Paris Motor Show."Highly gratifying. We have worked long and hard for active safety systems to be included in Euro NCAP's assessment criteria," says Thomas Broberg, Senior safety advisor at Volvo Cars.
"DRIVe Towards Zero" is Volvo Cars' vision for developing cars entirely free from harmful exhaust emissions and environment-impacting carbon dioxide. New steps are being continuously taken to reach that vision. For instance, Volvo has introduced a range of high-efficiency diesel models with very low CO2 emissions. And the company's ambitious electrification strategy includes a C30 Electric and a market introduction of plug-in hybrids as early as 2012.
In order to stop climate change, our emissions of greenhouse gases must be dramatically decreased - from currently around seven tonnes per person and year to one tonne in the future. Today sees the launch of a world-first - a unique test in which a couple with young children will try to achieve the one-tonne emission level yet at the same time live a regular life. The "One Tonne Life" project has been initiated by three Swedish companies: A-hus, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars.
With the "One Tonne Life" project, A-hus, Vattenfall and Volvo Cars aim to show what it means in practical terms for a family to live climate-smart. The technology and the solutions used in the project are already available or will be in the very near future.