Volvo is teaming up with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, which is based on Google’s Android operating system. The new system will be able to updated in real-time, which will allow future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services.
The Google Assistant gives drivers the ability to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. Google Maps will provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.
“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”