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New Volvo tech allows sensed road conditions info to be set to municipalities, Waze

V2V communication allows vehicles to connect to each other.

Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

You might not have gotten in an accident if you know the road ahead of you was covered with ice. You may have known that the road was covered with ice if that digital sign you pass on the highway had a message announcing slippery conditions ahead.

A new partnership between Volvo and Waycare Technologies will enable data from Volvo's Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert to be anonymously shared with transportation municipalities and Waze.

Starting with 2021 model year vehicles, Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert will allow certain Volvo cars to communicate with each other. The models will be able to automatically alert other Volvo drivers via a cloud-based network when the vehicle's hazard lights are turned on or low friction is detected, and the system is properly connected to the internet.

Volvo Waycare Technologies Waze safety communication Information sharing between cars can give a driver more knowledge about the unknowns of the roadway ahead.Photo courtesy of Volvo Car USA

This isn't the first time the system has been implemented. It was introduced in 2016 on 90 Series cars in Sweden and Norway.

Hazard Light Alert and Slippery Road Alert now come as standard equipment on all model year 2021 Volvo cars sold in the U.S. Owners will be able to choose to activate the features via the car's infotainment screen and can opt-out/deactivate them at any time.

In addition to road conditions, the Daycare partnership allows Volvos to share data with other sources including city infrastructure, telematics, and weather forecasts.

Behind the scenes, Waycare will then use artificial intelligence to synthesize the data and provide operational insights local U.S. transportation industries (think: New York State Thruway Authority, your local public works department, and the Michigan State Police). Using the information, agencies can choose to push notifications to drivers using the 5-1-1 system, social media, or a series of road sign alerts.

"Sharing real-time safety data between cars can help avoid accidents," said Malin Ekholm, head of Volvo Cars Safety Center. "Volvo owners directly contribute to making roads safer for other drivers that enable the feature, while they also benefit from early warnings to potentially dangerous conditions ahead."

Connected safety data-sharing between Volvo cars is available throughout the U.S. Connected safety data sharing with Waycare and its partners is currently available at locations where Waycare has their traffic Management Platform including Nevada, Central Ohio, Missouri, Texas, North Carolina, Utah, San Francisco/Bay Area, and western Florida. Waycare has plans to expand to other areas in the future.

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The 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe will begin production this summer.

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The redesigned BMW 2 Series Coupe has reached the final stage of its development. It currently is undergoing dynamic testing on the road and track, as well as drivetrain and suspension tuning. BMW recently released photos of that testing giving us a sneak peek at the model.

When it comes to market, the 2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe will be a rear-wheel drive, two-door compact sports car. It will be powered by a six-cylinder engine and have near 50:50 weight distribution, according to specs released by the company. BMW promises that the car's body will be torsionally stiff and its chassis will be tuned for agility. All-wheel drive will be available.

The car's been put through its paces at the famed Nurburgring's Nordschleife, where its suspension, chassis, steering, and braking systems were put to the test. They've also been run through a series of tests on roads in and around Munich, Germany and the BMW Group test facility in Maisach, Germany.

2022 BMW 2 Series Coupe

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BMW has plans to launch the 2022 BMW 230i and M240i xDrive Coupes first. This will be followed by the 230i xDrive and M240i Coupes. The M240i xDrive is getting a 47-horsepower increase over the current edition bringing its total output to 382 horsepower from its twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine. The model gets a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. All xDrive models get a fully-variable, electrically controlled M sports rear differential.

The car's front lip splitter, air curtains, air deflectors, and under-floor covers for the fuel tank and differential reduce front end lift by 50 percent compared to the car's predecessor. Its shock absorbers have been tuned to respond more accurately and now the Adaptive M suspension includes electronically controlled shock absorbers and a choice of settings for the driver to choose from. Stiffer support bearings up front improve steering wheel and the available Variable Sports Steering improves the car's dynamic capabilities.

Production of the new 2 Series will begin this summer.

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New technology is embedded into the brake caliper.

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Brembo is celebrating 60 years of brand braking history with the debut of a bit of its future. The New G Sessanta Concept is a peek at what the company sees as the future of mobility. It was inspired by the first brake caliper for motorbikes produced by the company, an innovation in 1972.

The company says that the core of the concept is LED technology, which is applied directly to the body of the caliper, a feature that is adaptable to every type of caliper they craft. Brembo sees the tech as being able to enhance the caliper's form and function serving as both an interface and an aesthetic. It will be able to "communicate directly with the user" and "adapt to the user's tastes and preferences". A new video released by Brembo shows the LED color changing via a smartphone app.

 New G Sessanta Concept The New G Sessanta Concept features interactive tech.Photo courtesy of Brembo

Brembo is often known for using bright, flashy colors on its calipers and the new light plays on that. The New G Sessanta is designed to be customizable via wireless technology. When a vehicle equipped with the caliper is stopped, the user can control the desired shade of light to express mood, enhance the style of the bike, or adapt it to the surroundings.

Additionally, the LEDs could use color and light to relay data and information regarding the conditions of the vehicle and caliper itself, or even help localize a parked vehicle by emitting a courtesy light.

Watch the video below to see the vision of the New G Sessanta come to life.

BREMBO “NEW G SESSANTA”: THE NEW BRAKE CALIPER CONCEPT SET TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF MOBILITY www.youtube.com

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