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Volvo to bring Google services into cars

ABR Staff Writer Published 08 May 2018

Technology giant Google and Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars are joining hands to power the latter’s Sensus infotainment systems.

The Swedish firm will embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.

The partnership will further improve the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. 

The car will be equipped with apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars.

In addition, several apps are available via the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems.

Volvo also stated that as Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically updated.

Volvo Cars research and development senior vice president 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.”

Google Assistant will offer a central voice interface for the car which will allow drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. As per Volvo, this integration can reduce driver distraction and can help drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.

Google Maps will be able to provide the next generation of refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.

This development has been supported by the strategic relationship between the two companies which began last year, when Volvo chose Google’s infotainment system based the Android platform.

The first android-based platform is expected to be launched in a couple of years from now, Volvo stated.

Volvo Cars has committed to developing strategic relationships with third parties to broaden the range of connected services being offered to its customers and to embrace the disruption in the automotive industry.

Image: Volvo Cars to be powered with Sensus infotainment based on Google’s Android platform. Photo: Courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation.