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Uber’s self-driving rides in California hit brakes over permit issue and red light violations

Uber was very thrilled that it was finally testing its self-driving vehicles in California. However, the thrill failed to last long, as regulators in the state seek to stop the company from doing such tests due to lack of necessary permits. To make matters worse, two of Uber’s self-driving vehicles were caught running red light in San Francisco, California.

Uber has been running its ride-hailing operations in San Francisco – where its headquarters is also located – since 2011. It recently ventured into self-driving ride-hailing vehicles, which made their debut in September 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After a few months, Uber commenced operations of its self-driving vehicles in San Francisco this week using camera-fitted Volvo XC90 seven-seater SUVs. Uber’s XC90 units are very fairly easy to notice to recognize thanks to the prominent mount on its rooftop. Uber’s self-driving rides could be good news, considering that the autonomous vehicle has been becoming a key point of future mobility. But maybe not for Uber.

It turned out that Uber failed to – or more so intently didn’t – secure any permit from the state of California to bring its self-driving Volvo XC90 units on the streets for testing. Companies wishing to have their autonomous or self-driving vehicles ply the streets in California need to secure permit to do so from the state, in particular from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). According to DMV, such permit need to be secured in order to ensure public safety as autonomous technology is being tested.

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Autonomous Uber vehicle kills pedestrian in Arizona

Earlier this week, on exactly Monday morning, was a devastating incident that involved Uber, an autonomous vehicle, and a pedestrian. Long story short, there was a pedestrian that was hit by an autonomous Uber vehicle, and was left dead in Arizona.

The vehicle was an autonomous Volvo XC90, and the victim was a female pedestrian who had just crossed in front of the vehicle outside of a crosswalk. The woman did not pass away on the spot, and was even brought to the hospital. However, she later died due to the injuries she had on her body.

It was in Tempe, near Mill Avenue and Curry Road, where the incident occurred, said the local police. This, in fact, is the very first incident that involved a self driving vehicle. According to reports by The New York Times, the vehicle was in autonomous mode, with a safety driver behind the wheel when the incident occurred outside of a crosswalk.

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California may soon ban vehicles powered by combustion engines

Bloomberg recently published a report regarding the banning of vehicles with internal combustion engines in California. Air Resources chairman of the board Mary Nichols said state officials have already stated their interest in putting an end to the sales of pollution-causing automobiles in a bid for cleaner air.

California is considered amongst the most environmentally-aware states, accounting for over 2 million of car sales, in the entire US in the previous year. Following the recent announcements made by other countries, Nichols went on by saying that Governor Jerry Brown had been sending messages concerning his thoughts on the issue. Brown is in fact one of the most plain-spoken US officials who has expressed strong interest in combating climate change.

If ICE vehicles are to be banned in California, Nichols thinks the current administration will not approve of it if done via an EPA waiver. That, in spite it is legal for them to do so. Nichols added it is more feasible by imposing new vehicle registration guidelines instead. However, she also said that the earliest implementation of such ban may be at least ten years from now.

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Customers can lease Hyundai Ioniq EV for a low $275 per month

Hyundai revealed that it is offering customers more options to drive the Ioniq EV. Back in November, the brand revealed that it was offering a subscription plan and now it has disclosed just how much this will cost.

The lowest appears to be a monthly fee of $275 plus tax for a total of 36 months. However, it does require you to put in a down payment amounting to $2,500. But if you happen to buy the Ioniq EV in California, the state offers a rebate totaling $2,500. This makes sense considering that Hyundai will only be making this subscription plan available in California. Take note though that it will not cover the entire state as for now it will only include three counties: Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles. The brand did say that later this year this subscription will be offered in San Diego and Northern California.

There will be three trims offered. The base model is the Electric trim. The other two are Limited, which costs $305 plus tax, and the Limited with the Ultimate Package, offered at $365 plus tax. Assuming that all trims will have the “zero-money” down initiation fee plus the fact that customers will be required to get a three-year subscription, this means that Electric trim can go as high as $9,900. For the Limited it will be $10,980, and the Ultimate Package will come at $13,140.

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California has a resourceful goal of having all new homes produce "zero net energy" by the year 2020, it roughly translates to producing at least as much energy as they can consume. Now the Elon Musk-headed company is no longer only selling electric vehicles, but renewable energy sources as well. And now Tesla has its only production factory in the city of Fremont.

The California-based energy company is venturing on a new business by the latter part of this year- the solar roof business, and this further undertaking will be initially observed at the homes located in the vicinity of the company's main factory. This is all due to the ordinance passed by the city council of Fremont, California on May 2 that firmly requires newly constructed houses and apartment complexes to install solar roof panels. The decision will work with a measure dating back from October that will require new construction to install mandatory wiring to be able to charge electric vehicles. The prescribed solar cell size will differ based on the size of the structure, and the ordinance necessitates an installation location that augments exposure to the sun.

Rachel DiFranco, Fremont's sustainability coordinator, said that they have over 5,000 electric vehicle drivers found in Fremont and they would like to observe if the drivers preferring an electric vehicle would increase and double over the next handful of years. Moreover, there’s also a call to obtain permission to install the cells found on the ground or one can utilize a wind turbine as a substitute. The state's building standards and energy commissions urge to approve the plan before all of it becomes official while this ordinance is through the city government. The process may take a few months, according to the local East Bay Times newspaper.

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Uber has resumed its self-driving tests after having had to temporarily put them on hold following a crash in Arizona on Friday. A Volvo XC90, the test vehicle involved in the accident was hit by another car at around 6:25 in the evening. According to Uber, the vehicle was set in self-driving mode while a driver was also on board. The other vehicle apparently is at fault for the incident as confirmed by the Tempe Police Department.

Luckily, none of the drivers were injured---considering the magnitude of the crash was substantial enough to turn the Uber car sideways. The test car also has no passengers in the backseat at the time of the incident. The photos are showing the SUV flipping over to its side while the other vehicle in the background sustained broken windows with several dents on the surface.

Although the transportation company was not to blame for this case, this is just among the many issues faced by Uber’s autonomous driving program. Uber’s test vehicles were disallowed on the public roads in California after it failed to secure a permit last December. It was not until it earned the support of Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey that the ride sharing service proceeded with its self-driving tests.

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Despite the fact that Volvo has just recently launched the 90 Series models, specifically the S90, the V90, and the XC90, the brand is not stopping there as it has revealed that the models will be getting an upgrade.

The first is in terms of connectivity and while the models are already integrated with Apple CarPlay, they are now also compatible with Android Auto. The range will also include an update of the Over-The-Air navigation which allows the vehicle to have access to the latest maps.

Volvo will also be updating the powertrain with new Drive-E units that the brand says will bring in a good mix between drivability and fuel economy. The S90 for example will now have the 4-cylinder D3 diesel engine, allowing it to enjoy fuel economy of 4.3 1/100 km (54.7 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 114 g/km. This is true whether the engine is paired the automatic 6-speed transmission or the new manual 6-speed version. Additionally, the engine will be offered with an all-wheel drive.

Read the entire article Volvo upgrades safety, powertrain, connectivity features of S90, V90, and XC90

Black Friday is often regarded as a great day for consumers in a number of areas in the United States, including California. This is particularly because on this specific day of the year – a day just after Thanksgiving – companies are racing to offer the lowest prices and the best deals available.

A Fiat dealership – Orange Coast Fiat in Costa Mesa, California -- is riding on this wave by offering the new Fiat 500e all-electric hatchback for lease for just $49 per month. Yes, the good people of California could avail of this lease for less than $50 a month, good for 36 months. Additional good news is that those who availed of this lease don’t have to shell out anything as a down payment.

However, this promo is only a “Limited Inventory” lease, which means only a few units will be available. Of course, this promo is – so far – available only at Orange Coast Fiat and there has been no news yet of other Fiat dealers offering a similar deal. Orange Coast Fiat’s Limited Inventory $49 per month lease deal for the new Fiat 500e all-electric hatchback is available from November 25 (Black Friday) to November 27.

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Does the future of heavy-duty hauling involve hydrogen cells? Too early to say for now, but it is not impossible. In fact, this possibility is being researched on by one of the pioneers of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles in the world – Japanese auto giant Toyota Motor Corp.

Interestingly, Toyota’s first fuel cell vehicle now out in the auto market is called Mirai, which is derived from the Japanese term for “future.” In a sense, the Mirai jumpstarts Toyota’s battle-cry for the future of mobility. The Mirai also expresses the carmaker’s confidence that consumers would accept hydrogen as a clean fuel alternative in the next five years.

The Mirai employs the so-called Toyota Fuel Cell System (TFCS) that boasts of the combination of fuel cell technology and hybrid technology, making use fuel cell (FC) stack, high-pressure hydrogen tanks and FC boost converter. This FCV could be completely refilled with hydrogen in around three minutes and that already allows the Mirai to travel up to a distance of around 300 km or 186 miles.

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The multi-awarded Volvo XC90 did it again. Recently, the Volvo XC90 has been voted SUV of the Year at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2016. A 27-member panel consisting of motoring journalists writing for The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Top Gear and Auto Express judged the prestigious award.

Editor and Managing Director of the UK Car of the Year Awards John Challen says that the stunning cabin design, with its high tech features, luxury, spaciousness and superb engineering, makes the SUV an “enjoyable driving experience.”

The XC90 was built using Volvo’s new SPA platform and is considered to be the most technologically advanced car for Volvo. It has a petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain that delivers 407 hp power yet produces a low carbon emission of only 49g/km which equates to a monthly Benefit-in-Kind tax bill of just £100.67 for the taxpayer.

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Volvo Car introduces the exclusive four-seat XC90 Excellence during the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. Touted as the most luxurious car in the carmakers’ 89-year history, the XC90 Excellence’s appearance at the show marks its European debut and is seen to strengthen Volvo’s image as a premium car manufacturer.

Based on the award-winning XC90SUV, the new car features an elegant interior covered in leather, finest upholstery and handcrafted crystal glasses from Orrefors of Sweden. In addition, passengers are pampered by the individual, adjustable rear seats that have a massage function as well as headrests designed for maximum comfort.

A refrigerator, two folding tables and cup holders that are capable of heating or cooling depending on passenger’s need are only some of the features that add to its premium comfort offering. Volvo’s new design approach called modular Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) seems to work well for the company with the new XC90 Excellence being the most recent product of the new system.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show is a busy event for Volvo as the carmaker celebrates two major achievements for the company in the said event – the launching of the new Volvo S90 luxury sedan and receiving the awards for the XC90 SUV. Since its press reveal last December, the new S90 has received commendations for its elegant exterior as well as its well-appointed interiors.

In a distinct homage to the iconic Volvo P1800, the S90’s front features a concave grille with Volvo’s new Iron Mark. Another powerful design statement is the T-shaped Thor’s Hammer lights that make the S90 instantly recognizable on the road. The interior of the new sedan is spectacular as well, with visible similarities to the highly successful XC90 SUV.

However, the addition of stylish detail enhancements on the new dashboard and instrument panel which include the Sensus user interface and the vertically-standing new air blades set the sedan apart from its SUV cousin.

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A new R-Design version of the prize-winning 2016 Volvo XC90 has been launched. The R-Design family is well known for having the sportiest style within the XC90 lineup. The new Volvo’s seven-seat SUV will come with a variety of features such as a wide range of design, dynamic and equipment upgrades, all of them aiming to accentuate the sporty attitude of the vehicle.

Its exterior features 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels. It is accentuated with silver-effect door mirrors that make a beautiful contrast with its gloss black mesh front grille and its tinted rear windows.

The inside is fitted with comfortable leather/nubuck sports seats, a 12.3-inch active TFT driver’s information display.

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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has accorded to Volvo XC90 a prestigious Top Safety Pick+ rating. This is the highest possible safety rating from the IIHS and is awarded to vehicles that managed to achieve full scores in all crashworthiness and front-crash prevention tests as well as dish out outstanding preventive and protective safety performance.

Just a week before this rating was given, XC90 received five stars from Euro NCAP during the European safety regulator’s 2015 Euro NCAP tests. Remarkably, the XC90 was the first car from any carmaker that was able to get full points in the Autonomous Emergency Braking Car to Car rear-end tests (AEB City & AEB Interurban).

Thanks to Volvo’s standard City Safety technology installed in the XC90, the SUV managed to get the top score in the institute’s crashworthiness tests, which include small overlap, moderate overlap, roof strength, side, head restraints and seats tests.

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Volvo experienced a 1.3 percent drop in global sales with only 39,919 vehicles sold in May 2015 because the first deliveries of the new XC90 failed to fully compensate for higher volumes of the old model sold in May 2014. In Sweden last month, Volvo’s sales fell by 4 percent. However, it reported an 8.6 percent increase in the rest of Western Europe.

The automaker’s sales in China decreased by 2.2 percent while sales in the United States fell by 0.2 percent. Sales in what Volvo refers to as “other markets” had the steepest drop of 18.8 percent. However, the brand revealed that it got over 36,000 pre-orders for the new XC90, which have not been covered in the most recent sales data.

Volvo has a lot depending on the XC90 as it is expected to double the worldwide annual sales to 800,000 units by 2020. It’s expected to be competitive in a premium market that’s ruled by German brands. Four years ago, Zhejiang Geely bought Volvo from Ford Motor. The XC90 is the first fully new car built while under Geely’s ownership.

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Do you want to experience ultimate automobile luxury according to how Volvo defines it? You will know exactly what it is at the upcoming Shanghai International Automobile Show where Volvo will be showcasing its new flagship car -- the XC90 Excellence. This is undoubtedly the most luxurious vehicle that Volvo has ever made.

The XC90 Excellence is an elegant and refined four-seat version of its newly launched XC90. Volvo’s designers and engineers designed the XC90 Excellence to give buyers a unique and individual automotive experience that merges the newest Scandinavian advances when it comes to design, style, refinement, and comfort.

The new XC90 sports utility vehicle is the basis for the XC90 but the differences are numerous. While the original XC90 has seven seats, the XC90 Excellence only has four. As a result, the rear seat passengers of the Excellence model get a big amount of space, giving them an awesome customer experience.

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Volvo is aiming to sell 28,800 units of the redesigned XC90 crossover in a full year. Volvo is launching the XC90 in May and has regarded it as its rebirth. Volvo considers the redesigned seven-seat, full-size crossover as critical to its resurgence after it saw its 2014 sales drop 7.9 percent to 56,366 vehicles in the United States, which grew 5.9 percent in the year.

The XC90 is the first vehicle that the carmaker has developed independently since it became a part of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co., underpinned by a new flexible platform that will also underpin most of its future models. The XC90 will also be powered by a new family of four-cylinder engines. It will be the first Volvo model that contains no component from former owner Ford Motor Co.

“It is truly everything we stand for,” remarked Bodil Eriksson, executive vice president for product marketing communications at Volvo Cars of North America. Volvo is planning to build around 100,000 XC90s in a full year and will target the US as its main market, followed by China, Sweden and the rest of Europe.

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Ford Motor Co. chief executive Mark Fields was set to announce the opening of the Ford Research & Innovation Center in Palo Alto, California, located almost 3 miles from Stanford University. Ford is one of the many carmakers that have set up r&d centers in Silicon Valley, like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volkswagen Group – usually to tap the area’s talented engineers and/or collaborate with tech giants like Apple, Google and Intel.

Ford has been present in Silicon Valley since January 2012, when it opened a 10-personnel office at another location in Palo Alto to work on big data and open-source computing.

The new Ford Research & Innovation Center means more people working for the carmaker. In fact, Ford’s internal job listings have 16 open positions in Palo Alto -- engineers, researchers and programmers.

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Volvo Car has started taking orders for all-new Volvo XC90 – its first vehicle produced using new in-house designed and built chassis and engines. Interested buyers who have placed orders from their dealers will also be entertained to become some of the first owners to receive their Volvo XC90. Volvo sold out the XC90 First Edition within 47 hours.

The carmaker is only building 1927 examples, representing the year Volvo was founded -- all in one specification level and in the same exterior color and interior upholstery. The carmaker has received positive and constructive feedbacks from customers who were given a chance to preview the new XC90 and is making a number of changes that buyers could avail of.

For instance, customers from the United Kingdom could avail of the 320hp T6 petrol engine and of the auxiliary heater -- standard on the T8 Twin Engine -- on the D5 engine. The auxiliary heater enables a driver to pre-condition the cabin to a set temperature as the user likes it. Volvo is building the new XC90 on its new SPA chassis.

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