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Back to the future with Volvo? Car manufacturer announces development of 'time machine'

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 21/10/2015 | 15:00

Volvo has said it will unveil a 'time machine' which will have the potential to 'give time back' to drivers at next month's Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The Swedish car manufacturer has not given details as to what the new invention will look like.

"It will be compatible with the company’s new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), which underpins the all-new 2016 XC90 and future Volvo models."

“You won’t be able to go back in time and meet the legends of history, or go into the future and meet your kids.

“But when our planned concept is applied to a SPA based vehicle, it has the potential of giving significant time back to drivers," Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, general manager of Volvo Monitoring Centre said.

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Ironically, the announcement coincides with today, 21 October 2015, being the official 'Back to the Future' day.

Industry insiders say that Tylman-Mikiewicz may be referring to a concept that boasts autonomous driving technology.

It will most likely be a very complex vehicle as it has been in development for the past several years at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Camarillo, California.

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The fact that it's based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) means that it's a mid to large vehicle.

Volvo says it will employ newly developed hardware and software following an intensive research in the future of personal mobility.

Roll on November 18.

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