Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the vehicle in addition to thousands of apps made available through the Google Play Store
Volvo Cars has announced that it is partnering Google to embed the voice controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into the upcoming generation of the Sensus infotainment system.
The in-car connectivity solution is based on Google’s Android operating system indeed and Volvo’s intended partnership with Google is stated to further enhance the way the brand’s customers would engage and interact with their machines.
Importantly, apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the vehicle in addition to thousands of apps made available through the Google Play Store. They are optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems.
As the next generation Sensus infotainment system will be running on Android platform, the major advantage is that new applications and software updates will be available in real time and can be automatically applied to them. This enables future Volvo cars to seamlessly react to customers’ requirements amidst offering drivers up-to-date information and predictive services.
The Google Assistant provides central voice interface to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. The integration contributes in reducing driver distraction and helping drivers to keep their eyes on the road.
Google Maps will also enable next generation Sensus to allow for refreshed map and traffic data in real time and keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.
The strategic relationship between Volvo Cars and Google began in 2017 when it was announced that the new generation infotainment system will be based on Google’s Android platform. The Swedish manufacturer also continues to develop its own apps, software and connected services using its own software engineers.