Volvo’s “Roam Delivery” allows Drivers to get Food Delivered to their Car

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Volvo recently demonstrated a new connected car technology which they are calling “Roam Delivery.”  The idea, to allow drivers and passengers to have their shopping delivered straight to their car, no matter if they are in their cars or not.

Roam Delivery will be featured at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.  Volvo’s new digital technology means people will be able to order a pizza and have it delivered right to their car using a smartphone or tablet connected to the internet.  The technology works from a digital key a Volvo owner can handout when needed to a delivery driver or restaurant.  The digital key can track when the car is opened and locked again. Once the pick up or drop off is completed, the digital key gets deleted and doesn't exist.  (Hopefully this is the case.)

“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… And there are benefits for delivery companies as well because failed first-time deliveries generate significant costs for companies.,” says Klas Bendrik, Group CIO at the Volvo Car Group.

The system is based on the functionality Volvo has already built with it's telematics app Volvo On Call.  The Volvo On Call app already makes it possible to remotely heat or cool a car, see a Volvo's location, or check its fuel level via a mobile device.

The Roam Delivery technology was tested in a pilot program with 100 people, 86 percent of which agreed that the Volvo technology saved them time and hassle.  In addition the pilot program revealed 92 percent of participants found it more convenient to receive deliveries to their car than at home.

With connected services like Roam Delivery Volvo hopes the future connected car will be much more than just a means of transportation. Earlier this year Volvo launched Sensus Connect, an integrated on board navigation and infotainment experience. Volvo's strategic partnership with Ericsson builds further on the idea of the networked community by examining a host of consumer-centric concepts around the “Connected Vehicle Cloud” that will see the driving experience revolutionized in the near future.

Volvo points out that last year about 60 percent of online shoppers had problems with their deliveries.  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 eCommerce and online shopping growing each year, research also showed more 50% of shoppers are not at home to receive online deliveries, which means getting a delivery to your car could provide peace of mind and convenience.

How would you feel about having packages delivered to your car at work or at your house?  Would it be convenient or would you not want the deliveryman to get into your car?

Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 [GALLERY]

Irv Gordon is quite an amazing man.  The retired Science teacher recently drove his 3 millionth mile in his red 1966 Volvo P1800 sports car.  He is the first person to have driven 3 million miles in a passenger vehicle in history.

To celebrate here is a gallery of Irv Gordon's incredible 3 million mile 1966 Volvo P1800.  You can also read my article “Irv Gordon’s Volvo P1800 reaches 3 Million Miles on Alaska’s Seward Highway” about the amazing automotive milestone.


Irv Gordon’s Volvo P1800 reaches 3 Million Miles on Alaska’s Seward Highway

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Irv Gordon's Volvo P1800 recently set an automotive milestone, clocking 3 million miles on the odometer in Alaska on the Seward Highway.  This makes Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800 the first automotive history to reach 3 million mile mark.

Gordon drove his three millionth mile on September 18th, 2013 on the Seward Highway – Alaska Highway 1 – along the Turnagain Arm in his 1966 Volvo P1800. Alaska's known as the “Last Frontier”, which is the state's slogan, is one of two U.S. states Gordon has never visited and he felt was a fitting backdrop for this historic and breaking achievement.

Most might be wondering how someone could reach 3 million miles of driving in a lifetime, let along in the same car.  Irv Gordon, a retired Science teacher, used to drive have a 125-mile round-trip daily commute to and from the school where he worked.  He logged 500,000 miles in 10 years on his P1800 and had a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance which kept it in the best running condition possible.

In 1987, Gordon celebrated his one-millionth mile driving a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park.  Then in 1998 with 1.69 million miles, Gordon made the Guinness Book of World Records for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle.  In 2002, he drove the Volvo P1800's two-millionth mile down Times Square in New-York City where the international media was watching.  Now everytime Gordon gets in his car and drives, he keeps breaking his own record.

“It’s not about getting to the three million miles; it’s about the trips that got me to the three million miles,” said the 74-year-old Gordon and Long Island native about his amazing accomplishment with his shiny, cherry red 1966 Volvo P1800.  “I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo.”

To celebrate a Gordon’s remarkable achievement in his P1800, Volvo is launching a special campaign called, “3 Million Reasons to Believe,” that ecnourages people around the world to visit and follow Irv’s remarkable journey, explore his favorite road trips and share their own reason to believe, in Volvos obviously.

“The best way to explore America is by car,” Gordon added. “I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live. No matter how many roads I’ve been on, there’s always one I haven’t taken. That’s what makes it exciting.”

If you are going to explore America by car it's best to do it in car you love and enjoy.  “I bought my Volvo P1800 on a Friday and immediately fell in love,” Gordon recalled. “I couldn’t stop driving the car. It was a holiday weekend, and I brought the car back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1,500-mile service.”

Some might be wondering what's next for Irv Gordon and his seemingly unstoppable quest for more miles on his Volvo P1800.  “Everyone asks, what’s next? Well, I’ll keep driving my Volvo P1800 to auto shows and taking trips across the country. Not much will change. But whether I drive four million miles is more up to me than it is the car. The car may be able to take it, but I’m not so sure about me.”

Do you think could get 500,000 miles out of the your current car?  What about 1 million?  What would you do to ensure that you get the most miles out of your car?

Adam’s Awesome DIY Car Sunshade!

If you want to have a little fun, you can make you own Sunshade. I made one today, and it came out pretty well. It only took me a few minutes.

Here is what you'll need:

  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
  • Cardboard or Cardboard Box
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Duct Tape
  1. I'd measure your windshield and see how big a piece of Cardboard you might need in your car. I just cut a section of an old moving box we had in the basement.
  2. Stretch the Aluminum Foil over the cardboard. The Aluminum Foil fit well over the piece of cardboard box I cut.  Remember to have the Shinier side facing outward, since it will be more effective.  If your piece is large, try to cut and position the Foil to cover the spare areas.
  3. Use the Duck Tape and tape up the back. I'd also suggest back-taping the flat areas of the Aluminum Foil.
  4. Put it in your Car!

I'd suggest using Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, because the normal type will most likely ripe. Also, if you don't already have these materials lying around, it's probably better to just buy a Sunshade. Of course, I had a lot of fun making mine! These pictures should help you make your own DIY Sunshade.