The Volvo XC40 Electric Is Bringing Google’s Android To Cars

Yolanda Curtis
October 12, 2019

The new infotainment system promises unprecedented personalization, improved levels of intuitiveness, and new embedded Google technologies and services.

Built-in Google services, access to an app store, and over-the-air updates will be a part of Volvo's first all-electric vehicle.

The Swedes claim they are the first company to launch a fully integrated infotainment system based on the Android Automotive OS, the open-source platform for cars. Google Assistant will enable voice control of numerous functions, such as controlling the climate settings, finding a destination, playing music, or dialing a friend. The new operating system will not only offer the standard apps and features, but will also get optimised apps adapted for cars that are related to music and media, and can be downloaded via the Google Playstore.

This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

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

Google Maps will be able to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes, as well as suggesting the nearest charging station en route.

Meanwhile, the electric XC40's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) will use data from Google Maps to such as speed limits and curves in the road to improve its capabilities further. Instead, these live inside XC40's native interface, along with battery stats, AC controls, diagnostics, and everything else you need during your ride - you can even tell Assistant to adjust many of these car-specific functions.

Volvo officially takes the wraps off the electric XC40 on October 16th.

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