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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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Uber resumes self-driving tests after collision in Arizona

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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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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Volvo upgrades safety, powertrain, connectivity features of S90, V90, and XC90

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.

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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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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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Volvo’s all-new 2015 XC90 arrived at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, wearing a black exterior finish which highlights the new T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” LED daytime running lights. Set to go on sales next year with a price tag of $48,900, the 2015 Volvo XC90 is the first new product since the company was acquired by Geely.

It will be offered with a T6 turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine that generates 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. A less powerful T5 petrol engine with 254 hp (189 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque, will be available too.

Still, the big surprise is the T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid version that carries a 2.0-liter turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder engine which powers the front wheels, as well as an electric motor with 80 hp that moves the rear wheels.

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Volvo unveiled the all-new XC90 back in August but the manufacturer also introduced the XC90 First Edition, which was reportedly sold out in just 47 hours. Now, the Swedish manufacturer unveiled another variant of the XC90: the 2015 Volvo XC90 R-Design. That’s right folks, the XC90 just got sportier and looks absolutely stunning!

As a result, the vehicle arrives with a redesigned front bumper, a new front grille, new fog lights, a silk metal window surround, integrated roof rails and silver matt mirror covers. At the rear, there is a redesigned bumper with integrated air diffuser and larger dual exhausts.

The design is completed by the 20-inch R-Design alloy wheels, but smaller wheels are available too. Inside, the XC90 R-Design gets gearshift paddles, Contour sports seats, a steering wheel wrapped in leather just like the gearshift knob, new pedals, floor mats and illuminated tread plates.

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The 2015 Volvo XC90 made its debut last month and the new SUV made quite a buzz, just like the XC90 First Edition which was sold out in just 47 hours. Still, Volvo wants to take things even further and the Swedish carmaker owned by Geely is working on a super-luxury version for the Chinese market.

The new model will offer four seats, not 7, but what’s more interesting is that the rear seats will be set further back in order to offer plenty of legroom for the rear passengers. Currently, there are no details regarding the debut of the vehicle but Autocar says that it might be shown later this year.

Volvo’s all-new XC90 is offered with a twin-turbodiesel D5 engine producing 225 hp (168 kW) and 470 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, which returns a fuel economy of 39.2 mpg or 6 l/100 km. A D4 diesel engine is available two and delivers 190 hp (142 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque, returning 56.5 US mpg or 5 l/100 km.

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Last month, Volvo unveiled the all-new XC90 and announced that it will release the XC90 First Edition in order to celebrate the year it was founded. Limited to 1,927 units, the XC90 First Edition was priced at $65,900 and those who wanted to buy one could order it only via digital commerce at We said could because the XC90 First Edition was sold out in just 47 hours.

That’s right folks, 7 cars were sold every minute as Volvo says that most of the cars were reserved within one our from sales start. Each vehicle featured an Onyx Black exterior and can be easily distinguished thanks to the 8-spoke, 21-inch inscription wheels.

Inside, the XC90 First Edition features a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays, as well as nappa leather seats in Amber. As standard, the First Edition comes with a Bowers & Wilkins audio system that features a 1,400 watts Class D amplifier, 19 speakers and the latest sound processing softare.

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Volvo's dealerships in the United States are bound to get a third of the 80,000 XC90 units produced annually. According to Volvo Cars chief executive Hakan Samuelsson, the carmaker will start selling the 2016 XC90 in the US in April, with shipments to dealers there being prioritized. He remarked that that the vehicle is very important for the US since it is the market for a big seven-seater.

The new XC90 underscores Volvo's target to move upscale in status and pricing -- offering new styling, ample room for seven people, new safety technologies, more fuel-efficient engines and a more premium interior. The midsize crossover also marks the first vehicle developed by Volvo under the wings of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Samuelsson is expecting the XC90 to boost Volvo’s sales performance in the US to 100,000 units. Volvo just sold 61,233 vehicles in the US in 2013 and has dropped 11 percent in the first seven months of 2014 to 34,224 units. The decline in the sales of the current XC90 in the US has been attributed to its age – it is considered as one of the oldest models in the crossover segment.

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The 2015 Volvo XC90 has just been unveiled two days ago but there are no words of a possible Polestar edition of the new SUV. Still, that didn’t stop X-Tomi Design to work its magic on the stylish Swedish SUV and transform it into a blue menace. As you can see from the photos, the XC90 became even more aggressive thanks to a new front bumper with larger air intakes and to the addition of a new set of rocker panels.

Moreover, the vehicle received a new set of five-spoke alloy wheels as well as a smurf blue exterior finish. For those who don’t know, the 2015 Volvo XC90 comes a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines but also with a plug-in hybrid version.

The T6 turbocharged and supercharged petrol engine generates 320 hp (239 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. Meanwhile, the T5 petrol engine develops 254 hp (289 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Read the entire article Rendered Speculation: 2015 Volvo XC90 Polestar looks pretty awesome in smurf blue

The all-new 2015 Volvo XC90 is preparing to make its official debut but several images already emerged on the Web ahead of the big event. Inspired by the Concept XC Coupe, the XC90 is company’s first brand new vehicle since it was bought by Geely, the well-known Chinese company.

Moreover, the XC90 is a crucial part of Volvo’s bid to offer more attractive cars in order to take on rival carmakers such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Set to lead the way for Geely-owned Volvo, the 2015 XC90 will arrive with a choice of three engines.

Volvo will offer a small D4 turbo diesel engine that will generate 190 hp and 400 Nm of torque, which promises a fuel consumption of 5 l/100 km. A D5 twin-turbo diesel engines will be available too, with 225 hp and 470 Nm of torque.

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