In 2017, Volvo Cars announced that they will be partnering with Google to develop a next-generation Android-based infotainment system. Twelve months later, the Swedish premium carmaker has released new details and a teaser video of what the new operating system can provide.
Built upon Volvos Sensus user interface, the new infotainment system gets a similar portrait layout screen – a key element as the company is working to allow existing Sensus system to be updated with the new software. Customers can expect features such as integrated voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services available in their cars.
Senior Vice President of research and development at Volvo Cars, Henrik Green 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.”
Google Assistant – Google’s version of Siri – allows drivers to control in-car functions such as climate controls, multimedia settings and even send messages, all by saying “Hey Google”. Volvo is also working on developing dedicated apps, software and connected services that are compatible with the new system.
The first Android-based Sensus infotainment system is due to be available on Volvo Cars “in a couple of years”, although last year Volvo announced that the system is set to debut within the next two years. Either way, it’s exciting times ahead for Volvo, question is, any chance this tech will trickle down to Proton Cars…?