Volvo Cars announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google’s Android operating system. This partnership will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars.
The next generation of Sensus will run on Android
Because of that new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and usage can be automatic. 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,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “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 Assistant provides a central voice interface for the car that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.
Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time. This way the drivers will have information about upcoming traffic situations. And they will be able to proactively plan alternative routes.
Today’s announcement builds on the strategic relationship between Volvo Cars and Google, which began in 2017 when Volvo Cars announced the new generation of its infotainment system will be based on Google’s Android platform. The first Android-based system is intended to be launched in a couple of years from now.
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The company also continues to develop its own apps, software and connected services within the Volvo Car Group. It uses its growing force of software engineers.
“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.”
We are working with @Google to embed Google Services into our next-generation Sensus infotainment operating system. So you can book meetings, order dinner and more, while keeping your eyes on the road.
— Volvo Cars (@volvocars) May 7, 2018