Volvo develops car-controlling app

Swedish car maker Volvo has developed a new service in partnership with Microsoft which allows drivers to control their cars by talking into a band on their wrist.

Drivers need to purchase a Microsoft Band 2, while also downloading the ‘Volvo on Call’ mobile app.

This means that each time they talk into the band on their wrist, the technology converts these verbal instructions into a signal that the car can understand – allowing owners to set their navigation and even flash their headlights.

Volvo unveiled the technology at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The app is expected to be available to the public in Spring this year.

Klas Bendrik, Volvo’s senior vice president and group chief information officer, told the Daily Mail: “When innovating we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology.

“If a technology does not make a customer’s life easier, better, safer or more fun, we don’t use it.

“Let’s face it – who hasn’t dreamed of talking to their car via a wrist-worn wearable.”

Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of business development, added: “We’re just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity.”

The only snag for now is that Volvo has yet to reveal how much it will cost owners to have the voice-activation technology installed into their cars. The band itself costs £199 at the moment.

Jack Evans


After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.

January 6, 2016

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