Several automakers already offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, but now Volvo is taking the technology a step further. Volvo has announced that it is working with Google to create the next generation of its infotainment system that will use Android as the base operating system.
The new Android-based infotainment system will launch within two years.
Volvo says that the partnership will revolutionize how Volvo owners engage and interact with their cars. The large catalog of popular Android apps – developed by Google, Volvo, or third party app developers – will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car.
“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo is also collaborating with Google on another initiative to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.