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4G LTE coming to 15 car makers, which ones, when?

Qualcomm Connected CarWe at AUTO Connected Car News only cover the connected car space.  We find itvery amusing when standard news agencies cover the topic because they mix up their facts and confuse information. Christiano Amon from Qualcomm  spilled some interesting connected car industry beans with a few surprises and incorrect facts to Fox news.

Connected Car Expo comes to LA with Audi, Hyundai, Volvo, GM Onstar, AL&ED & More

connectedcarexpoConnected Car Expo (CCE) announced speakers, seminars and news for the fall show during the LA Auto Show’s press/media days November 18-20, in Los Angeles, California.

The following automakers will show their technology including:

Volvo XC90 Apple CarPlay Android Auto later: ADAS now

volvocx90Volvo announced its new  XC90 coming to the US in April starting at $48,800.  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support will follow its release.

Technically it’s considered an SUV, the Volvo XC90 made on a scaleable architecture with a vertical touchscreen and many ADAS features. The pleasant interior is styled in leather and wood.

Volvo testing self driving, autonomous cars at AstaZero

volvotaVolvo has opened AstaZero as a test site for traffic safety solutions, in the hopes that by by 2020 no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car. Volvo has been working with magnets that can be sensed in the snow. The Volvo XC90 has advanced run-off road/brake at intersection and AT&T 4G LTE. Volvo also tests autonomous cars in Gothenburg.

Volvo plans development of active safety systems, to prevent accidents with AstaZero as the premiere proving ground, near Volvo Cars headquarters in western Sweden.

Volvo XC90 super safe with first run-off road and brake at intersection

volvocx90Volvo claims that the all-new XC90 – due in August – will offer the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry with run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability.

Run-off road happens due to driver distraction, fatigue or poor weather conditions. Safe Positioning in a run-off road scenario, detects what is happening and the front safety belts are tightened to keep the occupants in position. The belts are firmly tightened as long as the car is in motion.

Volvo’s Drive Me Driving Itself in Gothenburg & NYC

volvotestdriveGoogle isn’t the only company with self-driving cars.  Volvo’s “Drive Me’ program has 100 self-driving Volvos on public roads in every day normal driving situations

The first test cars are already rolling around the Swedish city of Gothenburg and the Autopilot technology is performing well.

NY Auto Show Connected Cars Drive Driverless Testing, Automous, Self-Driving Volvo, Mercedes & Nissan

CBS Channel 10 news in Tampa Bay/Sarasota Florida, shows some very interesting information about driverless cars from the New York International Auto Show.

Volvo’s driverless car is being testing in Sweden, the video shows sensors in the grill work. Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, General Manager, Volvo Monitoring & Concept Center Los Angeles appears in the video.

Mercedes is testing driverless cars in Germany. Nissan is testing driverless cars in Japan. GPS, cameras and sensors give cars a view of the road. The US Department of Transportation wants V2V technology in the future along with V2I.

Several automakers expect to sell the technology by 2020.

Volvo has safety technology in its cars. More than one million Volvo cars equipped with systems for automatic braking have been sold. To date, more than 155,000 of these Volvos have been sold in the U.S. market.

With its S 500 INTELLIGENT DRIVE research vehicle, Mercedes-Benz in August 2013 claims to be the world’s first automobile manufacturer to demonstrate that autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic is possible video follows.

Volvo Pandora New Cloud Music Update

Volvo S60 S80 XC60 XC70 Dashboard header imageVolvo along with updating Sensus Connect, on-board infotainment and navigation solutions through cloud-based services, Volvo Car Group also announced it would be the first to market with Pandora internet radio service via the Volvo Cloud.