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Volvo is an ambitious car company and one of Scandinavia’s biggest exports. It generates billions for the local economy, producing some of the most desirable vehicles in the world. 

During the middle of the last decade, though, the automotive firm did something that no other car company has ever done before. It set a target to eliminate all serious injuries in its vehicles by 2020.

Unfortunately, its “Vision 2020” didn’t succeed. Autonomous driving technology simply didn’t develop in the way it had hoped. However, as with most stretch goals, a lot of good came from the venture. 

Now Volvo has taken all of that learning and embedded it into its newest premium all-electric SUV: the EX90. The company wants to provide drivers with a highly protective experience, preventing them from falling foul to the dangers on the road. 

The sheer level of technology Volvo packs into its new vehicles is mind-blowing. The company has some of the most advanced features in the industry, taking care of everything from blindspots to pedestrians.

The Vehicle’s Safety Features

For example, if you buy the car, you’ll get something called the “driver understanding system.” This is essentially two interior sensors and a capacitative steering wheel that can detect whether you are drowsy and whether the vehicle needs to step in to keep you on the road. For example, if you nod off at the wheel, the car has technology that keeps it on the road and issues alerts, telling you to wake up and pull over. It’s a remarkable setup.

Another feature, called occupant sensing, takes a slightly different approach. Instead of focusing on helping you stay on the road, it alerts you if you inadvertently leave something behind behind in the vehicle, to prevent a dangerous scenario.

For example, let’s say you take your baby to the grocery store but forget you left them in the back seat. The EX90 will issue an audible alert and send another to your phone if you make this error. It can also do the same for children, dogs, and even valuable items left on the backseat in view of criminals.

Volvo also integrates the new EX90 with its intersection straight-crossing functionality. Automakers know that intersections are among the most dangerous road features. Many drivers plow through them without obeying stop signals, leading to T-bone-style accidents.

“We see a lot of this type of crash in our line of work,” says Demand the Limit, an attorney that deals with personal injury cases. “At-fault drivers will jump the lights and not bother looking either side to see if oncoming traffic is approaching. As such, accidents become significantly more likely because the victim believes they are safe.”

The Volvo EX90 solves this problem by using intelligent sensors to scan upcoming intersections. Computers can decide whether they believe an oncoming vehicle is going to jump the lights and automatically apply the emergency brakes on your behalf to prevent a collision.

The car accident lawyer believes the technology will save lives. “There’s no doubt that crossroad accidents are among the most common. Any device that can stop them from happening will have an appreciable impact on the number of people seriously injured on the roads.”

But the safety technology doesn’t end there. Volvo is also pioneering its “Safe Space” technology which uses a combination of ultrasonic sensors, lidar, radar, and cameras to ensure the EX90 avoids danger. The car company says all these systems continually scan the road, looking for danger in front of the car, allowing the vehicle to accurately identify other cars’ locations and distances with high precision. This information lets the vehicle get a better understanding of the environment and provides the driver with “support” when necessary. 

The form this support takes can essentially be anything, which is what makes the car so advanced. It isn’t trying to pigeonhole its Safe Space technology at all or apply it in specific situations. Instead, the vehicle knows when various safety thresholds are bypassed and intervenes immediately.

In practice, this means that the car can brake if you approach traffic too rapidly from behind, take over if you swerve out of a lane, and even slow you down if you are approaching a corner or junction too rapidly. It combines with the Pilot Assist feature to make the driving

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By: Sanjeeva Suresh
Title: Volvo’s EX90 Wants To End Crashes. Is It Possible?
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K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer

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Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed
When the Honda Dax was brought back into production a couple of years ago, K-Speed wasted little time getting their grubby paws on it. The Thai powerhouse’s founder, the mysterious Mr Eak, had a 50 cc Dax as a teenager—and the workshop is particularly good at customizing small Hondas. So a K-Speed-customized Dax was inevitable.

Two years on, and K-Speed is still finding interesting ways to cram massive levels of badassery into Honda’s bite-sized mini-bike. This time, they’ve turned the Dax into an uber-sassy—albeit impossibly compact—café racer.

Honda Dax café racer by K-Speed

Although K-Speed churns out countless custom bikes a year for paying customers, this one was a shop build. Eak wanted to see how far he could push the 2024-model Honda ST125 Dax, visually, without modifying its pressed steel frame (which also houses its fuel tank). Luckily K-Speed has an extensive range of Honda mini-bike parts to draw from, manufactured under their ‘Diabolus’ brand.

Dubbed ‘Puppy Racer,’ K-Speed’s custom Honda Dax benefits most from a radical stance adjustment. The crew started with a new Diabolus front end, comprising upside-down forks and a more modern-looking top yoke. It sits lower than the stock setup, as do the twin Diabolus shocks that now prop up the rear.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: K-Speed strikes again with a menacing Honda Dax café racer
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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style

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DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
2024 Shelby Super Snake unveiled at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

As thousands of car enthusiasts streamed through the gates of The World’s Greatest Collection Car Auctions on Thursday, they were met with sunshine, blue skies and over 600 collector cars on display at the 2024 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction.

The auction site at the South Florida Fairgrounds offered something for everyone on the first day of the event. Guests were able to see all the collector cars before they had their turn on the famous auction block, check out interactive displays and demonstrations from more than 100 exhibitors and sponsors, and grab a bite to eat from a wide variety of offerings.

The day’s activities included the demonstration of a 1976 Leopard 1 A5 Battle Tank (Lot #696), which will cross the block with No Reserve on Saturday, April 20, highlighted by the unmistakable rumble of its 37.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine and the turning of the turret. Additional demonstrations are scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. near the South Showcase.

Another must-experience highlight of the day was an exhilarating ride around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver at the Dodge Thrill Rides and Ford Hot Laps. In addition, the Volvo Driving Experience gave guests the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a new Volvo for a cruise along the streets of Palm Beach.

Of course, the real not-to-be-missed element of the event was watching all the exciting bidding action in the arena itself.

The morning’s activity began with nearly 200 examples of collectible cool up on the block during the Automobilia Auction, where Lot #6299.2, a large Kenny Rogers Roasters light-up sign and Lot #6298.4, a Chevrolet OK Used Cars neon sign, proved to be the stars of Thursday’s show. Three gas pumps also took the spotlight: a 1940s-50s Gulf Bennett Model #646 (Lot #6291) and a late-1940s/early-50s Gulf Oil Premium Gasoline Tokheim 39 (Lot #6292). A late-1940s/early-1950s Texaco Bennett Model 756 (Lot #6289.1) rounded out the day’s top five automobilia sales.

Before the collector cars started to cross the block for the day, Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson was joined on the block by President Steve Davis, along with Shelby American President Gary Patterson, Vice President of Operations Vince LaViolette, and Sales and Marketing Manager Kash Singh, as well as Tracy Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, to debut Shelby’s latest creation: the 2024 Shelby Super Snake. The special car, along with a convertible version, will be on display throughout the Palm Beach event in the Shelby American display.

Over 175 of the more than 600 No Reserve collector cars on this year’s docket took their turn on the block Thursday, with 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible (Lot #106.1), a 1970 Ford Torino custom coupe (Lot #100.1), 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Lot #103) and a 1968 Ford Mustang GT convertible (Lot #108) all taking top honors for the day.

The first two cars from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection had their turn in the spotlight today. The first, a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire convertible (Lot #82), was among the top sales of the day, and it was followed by Lot #82.1, a 1974 Volkswagen Thing convertible. The remaining vehicles in the collection will cross the block on Friday and Saturday with No Reserve.

The Palm Beach Auction runs through Saturday, with tickets and bidder registration available on Join us this weekend and soak in all the excitement the auction has to offer.

Enjoy the video below of Wednesday night’s Opening Night Party, as well as a gallery of activity in the auction arena and around the site today.

Shelby fans in the Auction Arena during the unveil.


Barrett-Jackson guests checking out the collector vehicles in the South Showcase.




Volvo Driving Experience.


Dodge Thrill Rides.


Guests waiting to go on a Ford Hot Lap.

2024 Shelby Super Snake convertible in the Shelby American display.




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Title: DAY 1 IN PALM BEACH: Sunshine, Auction Cars and the Unveiling of a New Shelby Started the Event with Florida Style
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La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven

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Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork
We have a particular affinity for modern Vespa scooters around here. Our founding editor, Chris Hunter, used to commute on one in Sydney, I used to commute on one in Cape Town, and our good friend, Winston Yeh, bops around Taipei on his (a black one, naturally). But we wouldn’t have the first clue on how to customize a modern Vespa.

They’re cute enough as they are, begging to be lightly accessorized rather than heavily modified. It takes a lot of imagination to look past the iconic bodywork and see something radically different. Luckily, Adam Eldridge has imagination in spades.

Turbocharged Vespa GT 200 with handmade bodywork

Based in Austin, Texas, Adam’s a fabricator who’s spent the last two decades honing his craft. Working under the banner of Python Lair Designs, he’s built custom bicycles, choppers, and hot rods, and has even tackled interior architectural metalwork.

The commission for the Vespa came from Guido DeVita—an enigmatic 70-something-year-old petrolhead with an equal love for cars and bikes, and zero regard for convention. Adam’s done regular work for Guido’s business, ilGaragista, and describes it as “a custom shop with no boundaries other than a checkbook.”

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Title: La Dolce Vita: Cranking the Vespa GT 200 up to eleven
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