Google services to enhance Volvo’s next-generation Sensus
“Okay, Google, which is the world’s best in-car infotainment system?”
Volvo’s Sensus is aiming to be the answer by embedding the technology giant’s voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation in-car connectivity system, due in 2020.
Volvo Cars’ intended partnership with Google, first announced in 2017, will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars as Sensus becomes based on the company’s Android operating system.
Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the car, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems.
Since the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied. This allows future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services.
Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars, says the Android platform, Google services and Google’s working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help the company further improve the Volvo car experience.
“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” he said. “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 Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the car that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air-conditioning and use apps to play music and send messages. This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.
Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.
Volvo Cars is committed to developing strategic relationships with third parties to broaden the range of connected services offered to Volvo customers, embracing the disruption currently underway in the car industry.
The company also continues to develop its own apps, software and connected services within the Volvo Car Group, using its growing force of software engineers.
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