Volvo’s next-generation Sensus infotainment system is based on Google’s Android operating system. Thus, it will feature multiple Google services such as the voice-controlled Google Assistant, the Google Play Store and Google Maps.
Since Sensus will run on Android, future apps as well as software updates will be available in real time, allowing the Swedish automaker to offer its customers better information and predictive services.
“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” stated Henrik Green, Volvo senior VP of R&D. “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.”
With Google Assistant, Volvo drivers will be able to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and also use apps to play music and send messages. Since this is a voice interface feature, it should also help drivers keep their eyes on the road more. Meanwhile, Google Maps will provide users with refreshed map and traffic data in real time, while proactively suggesting alternative routes.
Yet, full implementation is still a couple of years away, which is when Volvo’s new generation infotainment system will start running on Google’s Android platform.
“The Google partnership is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars. The Android platform, Google services and Google’s working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo car experience,” concluded Green.