Volvo XC40 Electric to debut Android-based infotainment system

Volvo XC40 Electric to debut Android-based infotainment system

The new system offers full integration of Android Automotive OS, Google's open-source Android platform, with real-time updates to services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and automotive apps created by the global developer community.

Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android, with the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store built-in. The new infotainment system promises unprecedented personalization, improved levels of intuitiveness, and new embedded Google technologies and services. Thanks to this, for the first time in its history the carmaker will be offering larger over-the-air updates, beyond the existing map updates on other Volvo cars. The system will also be fully integrated into Volvo On Call to check battery status and charge level. If the new OS can keep the simplicity and ease of use combined with new and improved features, it could be on to a victor. Volvo notes that it's Android Automotive OS infotainment system allows millions of developers to run apps that are tailored to the vehicle. Google Assistant will enable voice control of numerous functions, such as controlling the climate settings, finding a destination, playing music, or dialing a friend.

It also has access to car-friendly apps within the Google Play Store. Volvo says the integration reduces driver distraction and helps drivers keep hands-on the wheel.

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Volvo Cars also continues to develop software and connected services, using its growing force of software engineers and its digital services platform Volvo On Call.

The new infotainment system will also be integrated with Volvo's own Volvo On Call app that offers remote functions, such as pre-heating the auto, locating it in a parking lot, and even sharing it via a digital key. Volvo also declares that the XC40 will be its first vehicle to feature full system OTAs, not just app updates, so you can expect core functionality improvements even after buying the auto. It will be fitted first to the all-electric XC40 which is being unveiled on 16 October 2019, marking a major step forward in the Swedes' in-car tech.

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