Volvo Cars has partnered with Google to develop the next generation in-car infotainment and connectivity solution which will based on the Android OS. The new systems will make its way into Volvo cars within the next two years.
A large number of apps and services developed by Volvo, Google and other third party app developers will be offered. The company says it will change the way customers interact with with their Volvo cars. The technology will provide connected and predictive services in and around the car.
Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group, said, “We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalisation possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.”
“With the advent of Android we will embrace a rich ecosystem while keeping our iconic Volvo user interface. We will offer hundreds of popular apps and the best integrated experience in this broad, connected environment,” added Henrik Green.
More and more automobile companies are collaborating with technology industries in order to provide better connectivity solutions built directly into the car. Volvo too believes that smart partnerships are the future for the car industry. Utilising Android as the base operating system will enable increased development speed and flexibility and will allow the customers to get a personalised connected in-car experience.
Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars. This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services.”
Volvo will also update its recent product portfolio with Google Local search, which is a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers having the Sensus Navigation system.