2015.5 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Test Drive

By Barbara & Bill Schaffer Volvo is one of those companies that has always (pardon the clich?) ?marched to a different drummer?. Examples of Volvo?s maverick behavior could be when they maintained boxy designs as other manufacturers went to jelly bean shapes, emphasizing safety when others were pushing performance and most recently, moving ahead of…

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2013 Volvo XC60 Test Drive

  By Bill & Barbara Schaffer   The Volvo XC60 has been around a few years, but it maintains a distinctive look, innovative technology and?good performance. First released in 2009, the XC60 started like most new Volvo?s — well-built, unique design and with an?obsession for safety. Since that time, the XC60 has logged some awards…

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Pedestrian Detection – Safety By Smart Phone?

Pedestrian Detection It may be possible for smart phones to save pedestrian lives if the research currently being conducted by General Motors works out like they think it will.? A communication system called Wi-Fi Direct establishes a peer-to-peer wireless connection, rather than having to relay the signal through cell towers.? It works like those walkie-talkies…

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Cadillac Tests Hands Free ?Super Cruise?

Cadillac engineers are testing a feature to could ease the driver?s workload in freeway traffic.? The new system called ?Super Cruise? works like an autopilot on an airplane allowing the driver to relax, while the system steers, brakes and centers the car in the lane while driving under certain optimal conditions. Super Cruise is designed…

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Volvo Shows Electric C30 After Crash

Electric Vehicle Safety Amidst the glamor and shine of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, Volvo was showing an ?after? concept?the results of a 40 mph crash in an electric powered Volvo C30. “We are the first car maker in the world to show what a truly safe electric car looks…

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Wearable Air Bags for Motorcycle Riders

With the exception of a top-of-the-line Honda model, motorcycle riders have not had the benefit of safety bags, but that has changed recently with the availability of various systems that can be used not only for motorcycles, but also for many sports. One of the more interesting systems is the Armored Air Jacket is an…

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Subaru Spot Emphasizes Teen Driver Safety

We like Subaru?s new television spot that has a little girl aged six, sitting in the driver’s seat of a Subaru Legacy with her father speaking to her through the passenger side window. She smiles patiently as her father gives her the “safety talk.” As he hands her the keys, we realize that all along…

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