Volvo ACC2 concept
Volvos Adventure Concept Car 2 (ACC 2) is a high performance concept based on the V70XC (cross country) designed for extreme outdoor adventures, and underlines the importance and future of Volvos XC range.
The ACC 2 follows Volvos first Adventure Concept Car (ACC) last year - that became the Volvo XC90, a new generation Sports Utility Vehicle - and showcases new, state-of-the-art technology with cool, crisp Swedish design.
The ACC2 exterior featured a matte silver finish, and had a somewhat 'customized' look to it, with cladding, front and rear bumper extensions with brilliant orange accents, and orange light eminating from within the wheelarches.
The ultra-modern interior uses a blend of materials inspired by the Swedish ice hotel in Jukkasjarvi, plus a thin contoured seat design using natural leather that is typical of stylish Scandinavian wooden chairs and the dynamic shape of seats in racing cars.
The exposed steel and aluminium surfaces emphasise the feeling of a capable driving machine, while soft, natural materials create a cosy, comfortable feeling, says Volvos interior designer, Jonathan Dale.
Controls and dashboard illumination are coloured orange to highlight safety features and frequently used items, whilst increasing the feeling of a modern but comfortable environment throughout the car.
An innovative utility-belt in the centre console continues the 'ice' theme, the block-shaped modules moving gracefully upwards at the touch of a button. It has docking facilities for a range of hi-tech gadgets such as a camera, digital camcorder, DVD player, and a smart Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) incorporating a phone and GPS On system - thats useable on-foot or on-road.
Co-developed with Hewlett Packard, the PDA uses the latest GPRS technology (General Packet Radio Service) to enable new features such as:
- A voice control system. For instance, say give me powder and the PDA surfs the web for information about where the best snow is.
- Point the PDA at a mountain and receive information about the slopes, snow quality and weather conditions.
- If caught in an avalanche or in need of help, the PDA will send an SOS message via the Volvo On-Call telematics system giving your precise location from the GPS.
- If lost, away from the car, the PDA will also help find your way back to it again and can pre-warm it, too.
To maximise its drivability on all roads and all surfaces, the ACC 2 uses an electronically controlled all-wheel drive system. The FOUR-C (Continuously Controlled Chassis Concept) from Volvos Performance Concept Cars collects and uses huge amounts of information about the way the car moves and is being driven to automatically adjust damper and handling characteristics appropriately.
The ACC 2s headlights are connected to a Global Positioning System (GPS) to automatically adapt the light pattern for countries that drive on the right or left side of the road.
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