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All Volvo 90 series cars will be able to benefit from Android Auto, on top of the existing Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, it has been announced.

This move will further the in-car connectivity of Volvo S90, V90, V90 Cross Country and XC90 models, allowing users to access their Android phone’s functions directly from the car’s Sensus infotainment system.

This won’t be a standard feature on the models; instead, it will be part of a new Smartphone Integration package (which also includes CarPlay and two USB sockets). This will be a £300 option on new models, but drivers with cars built since April 2016 can be upgraded free to the new system at any authorised Volvo dealership.

Through Android Auto, drivers will be able to use a host of Android apps, including Google Maps and Google Play Music, directly via the car’s touchscreen.

They will also be able to make and receive calls, and send and receive text messages using the vehicle’s sophisticated voice control system. This allows users to stay connected, but more importantly safe, keeping their eyes on the road at all times.

Android Auto symbols will be displayed along the bottom of the Volvo touchscreen unit, with other functions of the car occupying the upper area.

Managing director of Volvo Car UK Jon Wakefield said: “It’s more important than ever for our customers to stay connected while on the move. Our Apple CarPlay integration was already the best in the business, and the introduction of Android Auto brings our class-leading smartphone integration to a whole new audience.”

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December 16, 2016