Volvo Demonstrates Potential of Connectivity with Deliveries Directly to Your Car
Digital keys now make it possible to transform the car into a delivery pickup and drop-off zone
- More than half of people (60%) experienced delivery problems through online shopping last year
- Failed first-time deliveries generate significant costs for companies
ROCKLEIGH, N.J. (Feb. 20, 2014) - In a groundbreaking technological move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars demonstrates the world’s first delivery of food to the car – a new form of "roam delivery" services. The service, which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, allows consumers to have their shopping delivered straight to their car, no matter where they are.
Volvo’s new digital key technology means people will be able to choose their car as a delivery option when ordering goods online. Via a smartphone or tablet, the owner will be informed when a delivery company wants to drop off or pick up something from the car.
Having accepted the delivery, the car owner hands out a digital key and can track when the car is opened and locked again. Once the pick up or drop off is completed, the digital key ceases to exist. The system is based on the functionality of the telematics app Volvo On Call, which, among other things, makes it possible to remotely heat or cool the car, see its location, or check its fuel level via a mobile phone.
The technology was tested during a pilot program with 100 people, 86 percent of which agreed that roam delivery saved them time. The innovative use of digital keys will now make it possible to save time, money and reduce environmental impact, following completion of the first tests of the concept.
With connected services such as roam delivery, the future car will be much more than just a means of transportation. Earlier this year Volvo Cars launched Sensus Connect, an integrated on board navigation and infotainment experience. Volvo Cars’ strategic partnership with Ericsson builds further on the idea of the networked society -- by examining a host of consumer-centric concepts around the “Connected Vehicle Cloud” that will see the driving experience revolutionized over the coming years.
Saving time and reducing stress
Last year, 60 percent of online shoppers had problems with their deliveries. Research revealed that people across the globe feel increasingly stressed in their daily lives. In a report from the Future Foundation, between 2010 and 2011, citizens in all of the countries studied showed increased feelings of being under time pressure in their daily lives. Despite the rise of online shopping, research also revealed more than half of shoppers are not at home to receive online deliveries, leading to further inconvenience and time wasted.
Making deliveries directly to your car is one example of Volvo Cars' exploring the potential of connected cars to create solutions that simplify our everyday lives. The pilot program has also revealed 92 percent of people found it more convenient to receive deliveries to their car than at home.
New possibilities to deliver to where persons are – not places
“By turning the car into a pickup and drop-off zone through digital keys, we solved a lot of problems delivering goods to people, not places. The test customers also indicated that the service clearly saved time. And there are benefits for delivery companies as well because failed first-time deliveries generate significant costs for companies. We are now further investigating the technology of digital keys and new consumer benefits linked to it," says Klas Bendrik, Group CIO at Volvo Car Group.
“It's all about finding solutions that are intuitive, easy to use and create customer benefits. The important thing is to make these complex and advanced systems easy to understand for everyone, even behind the wheel. Having the ability to order deliveries directly to your car is just one early example of that," says Bendrik.
Limited edition Volvo S60 Polestar makes Canadian debut
S60 and V60 Polestar pricing and availability announced at CIAS in Toronto
TORONTO, ON (Feb. 13, 2014) – Volvo Cars of Canada Corp. is excited to announce pricing and availability of both the 2015 S60 and V60 Polestar in Canada. Joined by Hans Bååth, Managing Director of Polestar Performance, President and CEO Marc Engelen unveiled the limited edition Polestar S60 to Canadian media today during a press conference at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. The S60 and V60 Polestar will only be offered on four continents in a select group of countries including Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.
345 hp @ 5,700 rpm
369 lb.-ft. @ 2,800 rpm
0-100 km/h 4.9 seconds
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Polestar Öhlins shocks
Polestar 2.5-inch stainless full-flow exhaust
Twin 3.5-inch tail pipes
Available in exclusive colours Black Sapphire
2015 Volvo S60 Polestar: $64,895 CAD
2015 Volvo V60 Polestar: $66,895 CAD
The fastest production Volvos in history, these limited edition Polestar sedans and sportswagons will be sold in limited numbers and available in showrooms this summer. The introduction of the V60 model continues the heritage of fast Volvo estates like the racing 850 BTCC, a deeply rooted tradition in Volvo’s history and the prize of true enthusiasts.
”We are very pleased to offer these two new vehicles here in Canada that represent years of diligent research, racing development and passion,” says Marc Engelen, President and CEO Volvo Cars of Canada, “A true enthusiast’s car should enable you to enjoy driving every day of the year, on all roads and in all weather conditions. This is a true driver’s car for the real world.”
Starting with the chassis, upgrades include a more rigid structure overall, with new springs that are 80 percent stiffer than those available on the S60 R-Design. High-performance Öhlins shocks and 20-inch Polestar-exclusive wheels round out the customized handling package. For greater stopping power, Polestar has included 14.6-inch ventilated front discs matched with six-piston Brembo calipers with 11.8-inch ventilated discs in the rear. The exterior of the S60 and V60 Polestar – available exclusively in Black Sapphire – benefit from aerodynamic elements directly resulting from Volvo’s and Polestar’s wind tunnel testing. New front and rear splitters increase overall downforce and allow for more streamlined airflow, as do the new rear spoiler and diffuser.
Under the hood, the S60 and V60 Polestar feature Volvo’s acclaimed turbocharged T6 six-cylinder engine, complete with an all-new, twin-scroll turbo as well as a new intercooler. Thanks to engine management software updates, the T6 produces 345 hp at 5,700 rpm, and 369 lb.-ft. of torque available at 2,800 rpm. A six-speed automatic gearbox with new paddle shifters and Polestar-developed Haldex all-wheel drive system transfer power to the road through all four wheels. Inside, materials have been treated with new Polestar-specific materials and colours along with an upgraded steering wheel and sport seats for an even more engaging feel for driver and passengers.
“All in all we have taken a major step forward in all areas, from chassis and engine to interior and exterior details. Development work has been focused on the overall package in order to create a car that you want to use every day, both from a practical and emotional perspective,” said Henrik Fries, S/V60 Polestar Technical Project Manager.
Both vehicles are based on the latest generation of Volvo S60 and V60, extending the Polestar model production range. Development of the car has been ongoing over several years, derived from C30 and S60 Concept cars as well as the Australian S60 Polestar. Thousands of development kilometres have been driven on twisty mountain roads, on the Autobahn and test tracks from the south of Europe to the frozen north of Sweden.
”Our motorsport co-operation with Polestar has been going on for almost two decades and it is rewarding to see how Polestar can use their experiences from motorsport to engineer such an exciting and competent car,” said Derek Crabb, Motorsport Director at Volvo Car Group (Volvo Cars).
Polestar has been able to combine this level of driving performance in their interpretation of the S60 and V60 while maintaining the original warranty service program, class leading safety features, certified fuel and emission ratings. Customers buying this car will get the best from both Polestar and Volvo.
”We have continued our work to create a true driver’s car which is not limited only to a few specific driving conditions, but enjoyable on everything from your favourite winding roads to taking the family for a long journey, no matter summer or winter. And in my view, we have gotten very close to our goals, something that of course is best experienced first-hand behind the wheel,” said Robert Dahlgren, Polestar racing and test driver.
Polestar Performance engineering
Upgrades include modifications made to increase rigidity of the chassis to cater for the 80 percent stiffer springs relative to the standard S60 R-Design. These changes combined with the tailored high performance Öhlins shocks and 20-inch Polestar wheels result in a precise, yet comfortable, driving experience.
The braking system has undergone substantial modifications. Most visible are the 371 mm ventilated front discs and six-piston Brembo calipers, guaranteeing a high level of braking performance.
To reflect the increased performance of the S/V60 Polestar, positive aerodynamic effects have been achieved through subtle, yet efficient, modifications based on data from tests in the Volvo Cars wind tunnel. The changes are visible with the front splitters, optimizing the airflow underneath the car, as well as a new rear spoiler and diffuser, significantly increasing downforce.
The six-cylinder turbo-charged T6 engine has undergone extensive development with a new twin-scroll turbo and intercooler that produce 345 hp at 5,700 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. atonly 2,800 rpm. The engine breathes through a 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust system, boasting a deep, throaty engine note.
The six-speed automatic gearbox feature new paddle shifters that together with the Polestar developed Haldex all-wheel drive system takes the car from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The gearbox as well as the all-wheel drive and traction control system have been recalibrated to provide an active driving experience offering maximum grip in all situations.
The interior has been reworked with new details, materials and Polestar colours, such as the steering wheel, seats and more, with the sole purpose of increasing driver support and comfort.
0-100 km/h 4.9 sec
0-200 km/h 17.7 sec
80-120 km/h 4.7 sec
Top speed 250 km/h – Electronically limited
Polestar Öhlins shocks
Polestar bespoke rims, 8x20-inch ET53 with 245/35R20 tires
6-cylinder inline T6 engine, 2,953 cc
345 hp @ 5,700 rpm
369 lb-ft @ 2,800 rpm
Max 6500 rpm
New twin-scroll Borg Warner turbo
Polestar 2.5-inch stainless full-flow exhaust system with twin 3.5-inch tail pipes
Same as equivalently equipped S60 and V60 R-Design
AWF21 automatic gearbox with paddle shift system
Polestar transmission calibration for faster gearshifts, launch control and curve-hold functionality
Polestar Haldex calibration for more rear torque dynamic distribution
Polestar calibrated stability control system
Front: Polestar/Brembo 6 piston brake calipers
371x32 mm ventilated and floating Brembo discs
Rear: 302x22 mm ventilated disc
Volvo S60 V8 Supercar makes its debut in Sydney
Volvo Polestar Racing unveiled its 650 HP Volvo S60 that will debut in the 2014 V8 Supercars by driving it across the Sydney Harbour Bridge under police escort.
“This is a significant day,” said Christian Dahl, owner of Polestar. “Polestar has been Volvo Car Group’s global performance and motorsport partner since 1996, and has campaigned Volvos in the World Touring Car Championship, the European Touring Car Championship and, currently, the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship. To that end, we’re looking forward to the challenge of the V8 Supercar Championship.”
Dahl was joined by Volvo Car Australia Managing Director Matt Braid, drivers Scott McLaughlin and Robert Dahlgren and team principal Garry Rogers to present the race car to the media.
“This is an historic day in the history of Volvo Car Australia,” said Matt Braid. “As the first luxury car manufacturer to enter V8 Supercars with a factory team, we’re delighted to reveal our Volvo S60 race car to meet the challenge of the world’s toughest touring car series and strengthen the presence of the S60 model line – and Volvo brand – here in Australia.”
Utilising the resources of Volvo, Polestar and GRM, the Volvo Polestar Racing S60 V8 Supercar has been designed and built to V8 Supercars’ ‘Car of the Future’ regulations. These regulations include 18-inch wheels, transaxle gearbox and independent rear suspension (see specification details below).
"This is a race car like no other. It is really challenging, but fun, to drive. The power is insane, you need to treat it with respect. I am very much longing for the season start in Adelaide where I am going to face the biggest challenge of my racing career," said Dahlgren.
Volvo Car Australia has a rich heritage of motorsport in Australia, dating back to the 1960s, and posting some notable milestones, including winning the 1986 Australian Touring Car Championship with Robbie Francevic in a Volvo 240T.
Last year marked the 15th anniversary of Volvo winning Australia’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000 in 1998 with Jim Richards and Rickard Rydell in a Volvo S40.
Indeed, some of Australia’s greatest names in motorsport have tasted success with Volvo including John Bowe and Peter Brock.
Garry Rogers commented: “For all the GRM staff it is incredibly satisfying to see the next step of all the hard work and energy they have put into designing and building the Volvo S60 V8 Supercar over the last 12 months. During this process, this same group of workers were also responsible for the preparation and running of our 2013 V8 Supercar Championship cars, so it makes me extremely proud to be surrounded by such a never-say- die group. We cannot wait to get on with the racing.”
With the first race at the Clipsal 500 fast approaching at the end of February, testing of the Valvoline Volvo S60 continues apace, with the official V8 Supercar test day taking place at Sydney Motorsport Park on 15 February.
Volvo S60 V8 Supercar technical information
Vehicle: Volvo S60
Engine: Modified Volvo B8444S (see below)
Transmission: Control Albins ST6 6 speed sequential Transaxle with integrated spool differential
Front suspension: Double wishbone suspension, adjustable damper and cockpit adjustable front anti-roll bar
Rear suspension: Control independent rear suspension, adjustable damper; cockpit adjustable anti-roll bar AP Racing 6 piston caliper, 395mm ventilated discs
Brakes: AP Racing 4 piston caliper, 355mm ventilated discs
Wheels: Control Rimstock 18” x 11” forged aluminium
Tyres: Dunlop control tyre
Weight: 1410KG (includes driver)
Top speed: 298+ km/h
0-100 km/h: 3.2 seconds
Steering: Custom rack and pinion power assisted steering
Shocks: Öhlins TTX Dampers
Electronics: MoTec ECU and Data Logging System
Engine technical information
Block: Modified Volvo B8444S, 60 degree aluminium cylinder block
Heads: Modified Volvo B8444S, aluminium
Bore x Stroke: 95.5 x 87.1
Power: 650bhp (estimated)
Max revs: 7500rpm
Induction: Naturally aspirated, eight throttle bodies
Liners: Cast in steel liners
Valve train: Double overhead camshafts, direct acting tappets
Ignition: Volvo B8444S coil on plug
Injection: Port injection, one injector per cylinder, injection pressure: 5.5 bar
2014 V8 Supercars Calendar
February 15 – sydney.com V8 Supercars Test Day – Sydney Motorsport Park
Feb 27-Mar 2 – Clipsal 500 Adelaide – Adelaide
Mar 13-16 – 2014 Formula 1 Australian GP – Albert Park
March 28-30 – Tasmania 400 – Symmons Plains Raceway
April 4-6 – Winton 400 – Winton Motor Raceway
April 24-27 – ITM 500 Auckland – Pukekohe Park Raceway
May 16-18 – Perth 400 – Barbagallo Raceway
June 20-22 – Skycity Triple Crown Darwin 500 – Hidden Valley Raceway
July 4-6 – Townsville 500 – Reid Park
Aug 1-3 – Coates Hire Ipswich 400 – Queensland Raceway
Aug 22-24 – Sydney Motorsport Park 400 – Sydney Motorsport Park
Sept 12-14 – Wilson Security Sandown 500 – Sandown Raceway
Oct 9-12 – Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 – Mount Panorama
Oct 24-26 – Armor All Gold Coast – 600 Surfers Paradise
Nov 14-16 – Phillip Island 400 – Phillip Island Circuit
Dec 5-7 – Sydney 500 – Sydney Olympic Park