Mobile phones and have become an integral part of our daily lives. Car manufactures and tech companies all recognise the importance mobile connectivity, hence the creation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Volvo is taking this to the next level by forming a partnership with Google to develop their next-generation Android-based infotainment system. The objective is to revolutionise how drivers engage and interact with their Volvo vehicles and will offer a variety of Android applications developed by Google, Volvo or third-party app developers. This new infotainment system is set to debut on Volvo models within the next two years.
Volvo believes that this partnership with Google will offer more flexibility and speed up the development of the platform. One of Volvo’s goals is to allow owners the ability to personalise the connected in-car experience between their mobile device and car.
There’s good news for current Volvo owners as well. The Swedish company and Google are working on updating the current Sensus Navigation (currently available on the XC90, V90 and S90) with Google Local Search, a location-based service application. Further details of the new infotainment system and Google Local Search will be announced at the Google I/O annual tech show happening on 17 May 2017.