Volvo teams up with Google to embed further tech into its next generation infotainment system

Volvo has announced that it has partnered with Google to embed its ‘Assistant’, and a range of other features from the technology giant, into its upcoming infotainment system.

As well this voice recognition system, the firm’s future cars will also use Google Maps, Google Play Store and other services run by the California-based firm.

Sensus – Volvo’s infotainment system – will run on Android and feature new apps and real-time software updates that will automatically refresh. The previewed system is said to allow Volvo to “react” to customer needs.

Google Assistant has today grabbed headlines for its ability to hold conversations with humans naturally, and can be used to help schedule appointments, for example. As part of Volvo’s system, the tool will enable you to control functions such as air-conditioning, music apps and sending messages. The system allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road, and therefore reduces the likelihood of distraction.

Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo, 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 use of Google Assistant follows on from Volvo partnering with Google last year to create an Android-based infotainment system with the Swedish manufacturer.

The first system using this technology is expected to be launched in a couple of years, the firm has said.

Elsewhere, the firm has committed to using third party companies to help develop further connected services to install into its models.

Ted Welford


May 9, 2018

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