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New documentary offers an insider's look at the making of the the 8th-generation Corvette

The Chevrolet Corvette Stingray coupe and convertible are profiled in a new documentary.

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Chevrolet has released a two-part documentary series sharing the story behind the making of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette. The 2020 Corvette is the first model year of the vehicle's eighth generation and the first to offer a mid-engine setup.

The first part of "Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story" showcases the design story of the 'Vette via unique footage and in-depth interviews. Designers talk about the evolution of the Corvette including how its design was dictated by the function of the car and informed by the heritage of the Corvette line, which stretches back to the 1950s.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

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Additionally, designers dig into the impact of the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans has had on the model line, and how on-the-track performance impacts the vehicle designed for the average customer.

The 2020 Corvette was designed as new from the ground up with the mid-engine format dictating much of what went where. It was in 2011 that the company brought back the idea for a mid-engine 'Vette and development ticked along through the vehicle's debut day in 2019. Engineering work on more performance-focused versions of the Corvette is ongoing.

As part of the process, Chevrolet developed several scale clay models. General Motors recycles its clay as part of its sustainability initiatives.

The documentary also features a look into the design of the interior of the car. The driver-focused design features unique attributes including a raised button bar that separates the driver from the passenger of the coupe.

Chevrolet closes the first part of the documentary showing a behind-the-scenes look at the debut of the car, which took place in Orange County, California.

The second episode of the series features the engineering story.

The two parts equal about 20 minutes of storytelling. Chevy released the first part of the documentary on December 22. The second installment was revealed today on the company's YouTube page. Watch both parts below.

Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story – Part 1: Design | Chevrolet www.youtube.com

Revolution: The Mid-Engine Corvette Development Story – Part 2: Engineering | Chevrolet www.youtube.com

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A new robot is helping with customer service at one Hyundai store in South Korea as part of a trial program.

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You're probably familiar with Wall-E. Now, meet DAL-e, a robot that is currently being tested as a customer service representative at a Hyundai Motor showroom in southern Seoul.

DAL-e is a acronym for "Drive you, Assist you, Link with you-experience." The robot uses artificial intelligence technology for facial recognition as well as an automatic communication system based on a language-comprehension platform to assist clients.

"The DAL-e is a next-generation service platform that can offer automated customer services anytime. It is expected to become a messenger capable of delivering consistent messages to customers in a more intimate and personal way than conventional robots," said Dong Jin Hyun, Vice President and Head of the Robotics Lab at Hyundai Motor Group.

Hyundai Motor Group's DAL-E robot

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"With continuous updates and improvements, the DAL-e will provide fresh, pleasant experiences to our valued customers in a contact-free environment. Our objective is to enable the DAL-e to engage in a smooth and entertaining communication with customers and present valuable services to them."

The robot has a truncated yet humanoid body that is designed to have a welcoming appeal to customers. It measures 1,160 x 600 x 600 millimeters and weighs jut 80 kilograms.

Engineers have given DAL-e "emotive physical features" and the ability to engage in "smooth dialogue" utilizing both speech and touch screen commands. Additionally, DAL-e can move freely throughout the store and even guide customers to designated spots using its four-wheel capability.

Customers learn from the robot as well as be entertained by it DAL-e is able to wirelessly connect to a large display screen at the back of the store and encourages visitors to take photos with it by providing gestured feedbacks with its movable arms. In the event that a customer enters the showroom without wearing a mask, the android recognizes it and advises the customer to wear one.

Hyundai Motor Group plans to continuously update the DAL-e based on data from pilot operations, perfecting its operational capabilities as an advanced android robot.

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Volvo is allowing Super Bowl LV fans to enter to win a free car - terms and conditions apply.

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Volvo Car USA Is bringing back its Volvo Safety Sunday campaign for this year's big game. This time around, they're giving away up to $2 million worth of cars.

When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Super Bowl LV on February 7, 2021, Volvo fans won't be talking about the old guard/new guard quarterback battle. They'll instead be hoping for a safety.

Here's how it works. For a chance to win a free car, contestants visit VolvoSafetySunday.com between January 25 and February 7, 2021 to design, in any trim and color available in the U.S. Entrants can build their car in the Volvo vehicle configurator or take a short quiz that will recommend a model based on their lifestyle. Once configured, users must click "Try to win this Volvo" on the summary page to enter. Full rules, terms and conditions can be found at VolvoSafetySunday.com.

Potential winners must enter the contest ahead of Super Bowll LV.Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

Volvo Safety Sunday 2021

Then, it's all up to the Chiefs and Bucs. It doesn't matter which team scores the safety. As long as one football lands in the end zone to score two points, there will be winners. Think it's a long shot? Remember that just last week the Buffalo Bills scored their first points of the game via a safety.

The giveaway is part of a larger push by Volvo to focus on the safety offered by their vehicles. The company is currently innovating to address the challenges of speed, intoxication, and distraction. Some of this work includes looking at how smart speed control and geofencing can automatically limit vehicle speeds near schools and hospitals in the future.

A new vehicle, designed to rise to meet some of this with hands-free driving software built in, is the redesigned 2022 Volvo XC90, which is expected to go on sale later this year. The XC90 is Volvo's best-selling SUV in the U.S. It comes in two- and three-row configurations, is available with a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain, and routinely is evaluated as having one of the poshest cabins in its class.

Last year, Volvo put $1 million worth of cars on the line to celebrate the more than one million lives saved by the three-point safety belt, a Volvo invention.

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