Volvo Cars To Be Powered By Google

Wed 9th May 2018

The next generation of Volvo’s fleet of vehicles will be powered by Google’s Android system after the Swedish manufacturer announced details of their new infotainment system.

Volvo are working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Play Store, Maps and other Google services into its Sensus infotainment system.

The Android OS will allow Volvo drivers to engage and interact with their cars their much in the same way as they might do their smartphone, with a wealth of entertainment and information options, with some services expected to be built exclusively with in-car infotainment in mind.

Volvo’s senior vice president of research and development, Henrik Green said: “Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services. Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

The key to the innovative technology is the introduction of Google Assistant, which will allow drivers to call up their apps and information via voice technology, which reduces driver distraction, and keeping their eye on the road at all times. It’s expected that the Google Assistant will go one step further though and allow drivers to operate in-car functions such as air-conditioning as well as play music on voice command and send messages.

Volvo’s partnership with Google began in 2017 and continues the trend for the connected cars of the future, with the anticipated growth of vehicles which are connected to the network. The new Android system in Volvos is expected to be in production by 2020.

“The Google partnership to be entered into is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars,” Henrik Green said. “The Android platform, Google services and Google’s working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo car experience.”

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