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The differences between Sensus Navigation and Internet maps

Updated 9/17/2019

The differences between Sensus Navigation and Internet maps

Volvo offers the navigation system Sensus Navigation and the map service Internet maps. Since they resemble each other visually, it is not always easy to immediately see which system your Volvo is equipped with.

The car's navigation system

Volvo offers a navigation system (Sensus Navigation) that uses hard drive-based maps, voice guidance, advanced route calculation based on traffic information, Internet search functionality and the ability to set multiple destinations. The simpler map service, Internet maps, can be downloaded to the car.

Differences in appearance

Since the systems resemble each other visually, it is not always easy to immediately identify which of the systems you have in your Volvo. How to check which system is installed in your car:

Go to the app view in the car's center display.

The icons for your car's navigation system are shown below

The icon looks like this if the car is equipped with Sensus Navigation:

15w46 - P5 - Support site - Sensus Navigation symbol

The icon looks like this if the car is equipped with Internet maps:

15w46 - P5 - Support site - Internet Maps

Differences in performance

The biggest difference between Internet maps and Sensus Navigation is that Internet maps requires constant internet connection during use whilst Sensus Navigation uses hard disk based maps. The maps are downloaded or imported from USB and then saved locally in your car. This means that with Sensus Navigation data traffic is not included during use, which is very practical, particularly when in foreign countries

Multiple functions with Sensus Navigation

The range of available services and applications is market dependent.

The following functions are included in Sensus Navigation but not in Internet maps:

  • Using voice recognition control for the system.
  • Travel guide, voice guidance of itinerary and route.
  • Extended itinerary. You can add multiple waypoints to your route.
  • Multiple route options. For example, you can choose which suggested route is to be given priority (a faster route, a traffic-based route, a more eco-friendly route and similar).
  • Advanced route calculation with reference to present traffic information.
  • Internet search. For example, you can search for more information about an intermediate destination via the Internet.
  • You get access to the Send to Car service, which enables you to send map destinations to your Volvo from other devices. For further information, see Send to Car. You also get access to other navigation-related services, such as Local Search and Weather. The range of available services and applications is market dependent.

Upgrading the navigation system

If your Volvo is not equipped with Sensus Navigation, you can upgrade your navigation system in order to gain access to additional functions and improved performance. To upgrade the navigation system, contact your Volvo dealer. Internet maps are replaced completely when upgrading to Sensus Navigation

Vehicle model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC60, XC60 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

XC40, V60, V60 Cross Country, S60 and S60 Twin Engine of model year 2019 onwards


This article is applicable to

Vehicle model/model year

XC90 and XC90 Twin Engine of model year 2016 onwards

S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country of model year 2017 onwards

XC60, XC60 Twin Engine and S90 Twin Engine of model year 2018 onwards

XC40, V60, V60 Cross Country, S60 and S60 Twin Engine of model year 2019 onwards


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WikiLocations

The WikiLocations app allows you to read Wikipedia articles related to your car's position and destination. WikiLocations can only be used if the car is equipped with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation.

Weather

The Weather app can provide you with weather information in the car's local area or in a selected location. Weather can only be used if the car is equipped with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation.

Suggest new map information

If your Volvo is equipped with Sensus Navigation, maps from the Here map supplier are shown. If you find that any information is missing from a map, or want to suggest changes, you can do this at Here's Map Creator service. Such information can include new addresses or rerouted roads.

iGo and Sensus Connected Touch

iGo is an integrated solution for satellite navigation with three dimensional city models and landmarks. The system can manage Points Of Interest (POI) and premium-traffic information. It is also possible to use iGo without internet connection.

Cancel Route

You can easily cancel an ongoing route in the center display.

Send destination to the vehicle via Send to Car

Send to Car makes it possible to send map destinations to your Volvo. You can send destinations from a computer browser or via the Volvo On Call. To use this function, your car must be equipped with Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation, and there must be a Volvo ID registered to the car. To use this feature via the Volvo On Call app, your vehicle must be equipped with Volvo On Call.

Weather

The Weather app provides you with weather information in the car's local area or in a selected location. Weather can only be used if the car is equipped with Sensus Navigation.

Traffic information in real time (RTTI)

With a connected car, you can obtain real-time traffic information about delays, road closures and other things that may affect your travel time.

The differences between Sensus Navigation and Internet maps

Volvo offers the navigation system Sensus Navigation and the map service Internet maps. Since they resemble each other visually, it is not always easy to immediately see which system your Volvo is equipped with.

Send to Car

Send to Car makes it possible to send map destinations to your Volvo from you home web browser. On markets where Volvo On Call is available, you can also send destinations via the Volvo On Call app. The map is obtained from www.here.com.

Send to Car

Send to Car makes it possible to send map destinations to your Volvo from you home web browser. In the markets where Volvo On Call is available, it is also possible to send destinations via the Volvo On Call app. The maps can be downloaded from www.here.com.

Suggest new map information

If your Volvo is equipped with Sensus Navigation, maps from the Here map supplier are shown. If you find that any information is missing from a map, or want to suggest changes, you can do this at Here's Map Creator service. Such information can include new addresses or rerouted roads.

Installation and use of Google Local Search

You can install and use the Google Local Search app via your Volvo's center display. Using the app you can, among other things, search for restaurants, hotels and gasoline stations in the vicinity of the car and along a route.

Find Fuel

The Find Fuel enables you to find fuel stations near to your vehicle while driving. Find Fuel can only be used if the vehicle is equipped with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation.

WikiLocations

With the WikiLocations app you can read Wikipedia articles that are related to your car's position and destination.

Glympse

The Glympse enables you to share your location with others so that they know where you are and your estimated time of arrival. Glympse can only be used if the vehicle is equipped with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation.

Google Local Search

Using the Google Local Search app you can search for restaurants, hotels and gasoline stations and a lot more along your route directly in Volvo's center display.

Yelp

You can use the Yelp app to find local companies (e.g. restaurants or shops) and read other users' ratings and reviews of companies near to you. Yelp can only be used if the car is fitted with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation.

Yelp

You can use the Yelp app to find local companies (e.g. restaurants or shops) and can read other users' ratings and reviews of companies near to you. Yelp can only be used if the car is fitted with both Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation.

Traffic information in real time (RTTI)

Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) helps you keep track of the traffic situation, so that you can plan your route better. In real time, you get important information on traffic congestion, road closures and other things that may affect your travel time.

Using Local Search

Local Search is an app which can help you to find e.g. restaurants, hotels, gasoline stations and lots more by searching online from your Internet-connected Volvo. (Local Search is only available on cars equipped with Sensus Connect and Sensus Navigation).

Local Search

Local Search is an app which can help you to find e.g. restaurants, hotels, gasoline stations and lots more by searching online from your Internet-connected Volvo. (Local Search is only available on cars equipped with Sensus Connect or Sensus Navigation).

Use Send to Car

Send to Car makes it possible to send map destinations to your Volvo from you home web browser. On markets where Volvo On Call is available, it is also possible to send destinations via the Volvo On Call app to your car. To use this feature, your car must be equipped with Sensus Navigation.