Volvo wants us to know what kinds of new technology will be under the sheetmetal of the offerings that will sit on its Scalable Platform Architecture, the first of which will be included on the 2015 Volvo XC90 arriving at the end of next year. The silicon-chip onslaught starts with detection and auto braking for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and large animals. The company's animal detection tech now works at night thanks to better cameras and exposure controls.
A number of companies are developing autonomous vehicle technology – Google and Audi come to mind – but Volvo is applying its work in the area to a particular usage case: parking. The Swedish automaker has the technology up and running in a concept vehicle, which it says can be dropped off at the curb by its owner and left to its own devices to enter and navigate a car park, then find and park in an available parking spot. Volvo says the process can even be reversed when the owner is
Frank and Heather Laudo got a surprise recently as they drove by the Northwest Regional Airport in Roanoke, Texas. The couple's Volvo XC90 was struck by a small aircraft coming in for a landing. Student pilot William Davis clipped the roof of the crossover with his plane's fixed landing gear, shattering glass in the vehicle and sending the plane sliding into a field. Davis' wife captured the whole event on film. Neither the pilot nor his instructor were harmed in the collision, though the Laudos