Volvo has cosied up to Google with news its next infotainment system will be powered by the Android operating system with the voice-controlled Google Assistant.
Drivers will also have access to the Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services, opening the door to a world of possibilities.
The partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars.
Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars will be embedded in the car, plus thousands of additional apps will be available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems.
Because the next generation of Sensus system will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real time and automatically applied.
This allows future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services.
“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Henrik Green, said.
“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.”
One of the highligts of Google Assistant is that it is able to carry on a two-way conversation, using Google’s natural language processing algorithm.
It means drivers will be able to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Google Maps will also be able to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.
With the right deals in place, drivers will be able to order groceries from their car, using a stored shopping list.
Volvo is planning to launch its first Android-based system within a couple of years.
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