The system's current name is Highway Pilot, according to Henrik Green, Volvo's Senior Vice President of Research & Development. The system will allow you to, "to 'eat, sleep, work, watch a movie, relax, do whatever," Green said today, a bold ambition for a company that previously had only said they had planned to be testing a Level 4 system by 2021.
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There's a bewildering variety of methods and systems and traditions when it comes to how carmakers name their cars. Luckily, I took some expired medication that lets me know which ways are the best. Even more lucky is that I'm now going to share this wisdom with you, because you know I love you best. Here we go.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans might not have had the riveting action like we expected it to thanks to some lame new rules, but at least one battle for the win did get interesting after the race ended. Officials disqualified the winning team in Le Mans' second-tier class, over an illegal device to speed up pit stops.
About a year ago, a colleague discovered that a 1962 Lockheed Jetstar once owned by Elvis Presley, the Elvis, was for sale and "as swanky as you think it is." Well, it might be swanky in design, but months of sitting derelict have not been kind to this jalopass aircraft. Will you give it a good home?
I love the way the 2019 Volvo V60 layers luxury car fanciness with station wagon usefulness. It might look a little faster than it is, but what the V60 lacks in sheer adrenaline it makes up for in versatility, comfort and safety. Long live the longroofs.
Rolls-Royce is one of the few automakers left today that still uses a hood ornament to adorn the front of its cars. It's called the Spirit of Ecstasy - a elegantly winged woman that who looks as though she's experiencing a constant headwind. She was, allegedly, based on an actual woman named Eleanor Velasco Thornton.
In a bizarre email sent out on Sunday, Elon Musk apparently claimed a Tesla employee sabotaged the company's manufacturing operations and leaked sensitive information to third parties. On top of that, CNBC reports, the billionaire sent another email on Monday implying that someone may have intentionally started a fire on the production line.
Imagine: you're walking down the streets of west London when, suddenly, a Matchless motorcycle comes screaming past. At the helm is a teenage girl, her hair flying wildly behind her. If you didn't see it with your own eyes, you might have doubted the passenger in the sidecar: but it is most definitely a collie seated beside its owner. You would have just witnessed a young Mildred Petre falling madly in love with speed.
There are a few sporting events throughout the year that attract even the most casual of fans, just because they're so big and so important. Like the Indy 500, Daytona 500 or Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one. If you've committed to watching cars for 24 hours straight this weekend, here's what you should know.
Aloha Wanderwell. The name itself sounds destined for adventure, and there was adventure aplenty in the 1920s for a young woman eager to see the world. Back then, before the jet age, the world outside your front door was still shrouded in mystery, more than reason enough for the Winnipeg-born Wanderwell to sign up, at the age of sixteen, for an expedition around the world.
Road trips are perhaps my favourite thing about cars. I drove my Porsche 912E across the country and back last summer, and just yesterday my wife and I drove 805km to get some really good ice cream in San Francisco. It's the pure joy of cars that they provide us the escape, the mobility, the freedom to go and do what we please when the moment strikes.
It's 1934. The driver that has just set the fastest Women's Outer Circuit record at Brooklands parks her car and emerges, triumphant. At only 4'10", she's dwarfed next to her 10.5 litre V12 Delage, a vehicle that she has almost effortlessly mastered. The adoring press captures her radiant smile as she removes her helmet and smooths a hand over her immaculate baby blue overalls. Her name is Kay Petre, and she is the first woman to go 209km/h around England's famous banked circuit.