Electric Volvo XC40 Getting Android-Powered Infotainment System

Android-powered infotainment systems have been around for a few years now, although made by third-party companies. That’s about to change starting next week, as the electric Volvo XC40 will become the first vehicle to get such a feature, straight from the factory.

Set to debut on October 16, the zero-emission premium subcompact SUV will benefit from the full integration of the Android Automotive operating system. The unit supports over-the-air updates for the software and operating system, provides great levels of personalization and embeds Google’s technology and services.

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“We are finally giving you the same experience in your car that you’re used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving”, said CTO Henrik Green. “And by introducing over-the-air updates for everything, from maintenance to completely new features, the car can stay as fresh as your other digital products, always with the latest and greatest features.”

Users will be able to access certain functions of the car by using their voice, thanks to the integration of Google Assistant. Thus, they can set a destination point, play a certain song, control the temperature and send messages hands-free and without taking their eyes off the road.

The implementation of this technology has also allowed for the improvement of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which provide important information to the car such as upcoming curves and speed limits.

Meanwhile, Volvo’s On Call connected service will also be on deck, allowing users to remotely pre-heat or pre-cool the car, find it in a large car park, lock and unlock the doors and share the digital key.

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  • Enter Ranting

    I just switched from a Samsung phone to an iPhone because Android is such an unmitigated disaster.

    • botornot387

      yeah bc iphone is so much better, not. Also, you weren’t using pure android if you were on a samsung phone

      • Enter Ranting

        I’m no lover of Apple or iPhones. I had two iPhones that took a total dump on me, so I switched to Android. But I switched back because Android SUCKS.

        • botornot387

          again, you are basing that on basically a third party interpretation of android. to each his own

          • Enter Ranting

            Yeah, you have fun with Android.

      • Marc Gruben

        So true. My experiences with Samsung have led me to swear off ANY of their products, forever. Their software, user interfaces and bloatware is a textbook definition of “kludge”. I’m still running a first-generation Pixel XL and love it. It’s the first phone I’ve ever had where I haven’t had the urge to upgrade (for 4 years). Although the Pixel 4 is just around the corner, it might be time…

        • botornot387

          yeah, same here; and definitely getting the pixel 4 if everything i have been reading comes to market!

  • botornot387

    this is such a great looking infotainment system, and their virtual dials look to be completely updated and much better looking.

  • Rocket

    Any improvement to the messy infotainment system is good, but more physical controls would make all Volvo models so much better.

  • ThatGuy

    As i see it as tech moves forward the touch screens will too along with voice control. “hello Mercedez”……..
    Anyway i can see the move away from physical controls to screens moving strong.
    Eventually there will be no buttons, giving a super clean look, however the tech must be fast and accurate, which is the gripe in the market, as they want the control and feel of phones or tablets. It is getting there but needs to move but with the amount of tech in cars and onboard monitoring systems they need to more like PC’s oppose to phones.

    Lets hope it get good real soon

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