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  • Volvo Cars Launches Spotify

    4/1/2013
    Volvo Car Group today launches a ground-breaking integrated, voice activated music system through a partnership with digital music service, Spotify. The solution is fully integrated into the dash through Volvo's Sensus Connected Touch.

    Volvo's integration with Spotify is both voice-activated and touch enabled. The new system allows drivers to be able to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver's mobile phone connection through their dashboard. Drivers will be able to play any Spotify track they want just by just saying its name, allowing car owners the ability to remain connected when driving. Sensus Connected Touch turns the 7-inch display into a state-of-the-art infrared, beam-scanned touch screen you can use even when wearing gloves - a world first in cars.

    The new technology responds to demand from drivers for consumption of music on the road, combined with Volvo's core safety value. It is easier and safer to use whilst driving, as drivers can access and operate the music system via the steering wheel and center stack controls, without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the steering wheel. As well as Spotify, the technology also includes access to thousands of radio stations from all over the world.

    The system is based on Android technology, which allows it to be regularly upgraded. Other apps accessible via Sensus Connected Touch include Google maps*, TuneIn*, iGO* navigation and an app store for new functions and updates. Internet data can also be transferred via Wi-Fi between the mobile phone and Sensus Connected Touch and the Wi-Fi network can be shared with everyone in the car when using a dongle.

    Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human Machine Interface) functionality and Sensus Connected Touch is a dealer-fitted accessory. It goes on sale in May 2013 and can be fitted in all new Volvos (V40, V40 Cross Country, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80) as well as being retrofitted in applicable used cars from model year 2011. The announcement of this new generation technology comes just days after Volvo revealed the new 60's, 70's and 80's models to the public at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

    "The intuitive user interface, a very rapid browser response and the wide choice of around 20 functions and apps are benefits that make Sensus Connected Touch outstanding compared with our main competitors' solutions," says Håkan Hellman, Product Manager Infotainment and Connectivity at Volvo Car Group.

    The development of Sensus Connected Touch gained momentum late in 2011 when Volvo Car Group started sourcing a powerful hardware platform with first-class functional and graphical features and the capacity to handle future expansion.

    The Sensus Connected Touch user has access to:

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    Full Internet browsing (not available when driving). The open browser allows Java, HTML 5, animations and moving pictures/films.
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    Internet streaming of music including Spotify and Deezer*.
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    Internet radio* (TuneIn and Live Radio) with thousands of channels from all over the world.
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    On-line* (Google) map and search.
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    Embedded connected 3D navigation* with online traffic info and dangerous zone warnings.
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    Free parking locator and weather information*.
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    A number of native and web applications. Applications in the driver's mobile phone can be "mirrored" in the car's display when using the Parrot Smart Link App*.
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    Appstore* for new functions & updates.
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    A Volvo service locator that presents a list of nearby Volvo workshops and helps the driver to contact chosen one.

    "Roadtrip is another great feature that can read out Wikipedia information about interesting points along the route via the audio system," adds Håkan Hellman.

    *Some descriptions and facts in this press material relate to Volvo Cars' international car range. Described features might be optional and available through indent order only. Vehicle specifications may vary from one country to another and may be altered without prior notification.

    In Manila, Viking Cars, Incorporated is the official distributor of Volvo cars. The Volvo Makati office, showroom and Customer Service Center are located at 2272 Chino Roces Avenue, Makati City. Volvo Cebu is located at A.S. Fortuna Street, Banilad, Mandaue City. In Bacolod and Iloilo, GrandCars Incorporated is the official reseller of Volvo cars. The Volvo Iloilo office is located at JMB Building 13 Mabini Street, Iloilo City and Volvo Bacolod office is at Araneta Street, Brgy. Singcang, Bacolod. Soon to open more fun are Volvo Alabang showroom and office a104-105, Westgate Center, Filinvest Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City and Volvo North EDSA at Two Cyberpod ETON Centris, Quezon City. The 2013 Volvo automobile line includes the dynamic All-New S60 sports sedan and the excitingly versatile All-New Volvo V60 Sportswagon 2.0L T5, the flagship S80 luxury sedan, the ruggedly refined All-New XC70 Cross Country, the groundbreaking Volvo XC60 with City Safety as standard and the award-winning XC90 AWD. The All-New Volvo V40, a  premium 5-door, five-seater hatchback and the capable all-roader V40 Cross Country will be introduced this 2013. For details and inquiries, please call 893-6621 to 22 or 637-0414 to 15.

    For more information, please contact, John Eric D. Ho, Marketing Communications Supervisor:  892 1677 or 893-6621 local 430; johnericho@volvophils.com
    World-first in-dash, voice-activated through Sensus Connected Touch.
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