Volvo has partnered with Google to implement Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation infotainment system.
A range of apps and services are expected to be developed to improve the way Volvo customers interact with their cars. Users will also be able to download apps from the Google Play Store.
The next-generation of Volvo’s Sensus infotainment system will run on Android. New apps and software updates will be available in real time and can be automatically applied.
“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, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.
The first Android-based system is intended to be launched a couple of years from now.