Volvo announces Google tech deal
08 May 2018
Author: Sean Keywood
Volvo has announced it will be working with Google to embed the tech giant's services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.
Features including the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store and Google Maps will be included, with the system based on Google's Android platform.
Volvo says that the Android base means new apps and software updates will be available in real time and can be applied automatically.
The new system is set to be launched in a couple of years' time.
Henrik Green, Volvo's senior vice-president of research and development, 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 Google partnership is an important strategic alliance for Volvo. 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."
Google Assistant will provide a central voice interface that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages.
Google Maps will enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.