Volvo Car Group is teaming up with Google to integrate Android technology into future Volvo models. The system, which Volvo is calling ‘Infotainment’, will include popular Google technology and services like the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store all built in.
The operating system and software will receive updates over the air which will allow vehicles to process real-time updates to all Android Automotive, Google, and Volvo On-Call services as well as any other apps created by the global developer community.
For example, this integration 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.
Volvo is hoping that by pairing their vehicles with the Android operating system they will create a familiar environment for developers and customers alike, as both will benefit from prior knowledge on the Google system and the Volvo Car system.
The Google Assistant allows customers to get things done using just their voice for in-car functions such as controlling temperature, setting a destination, playing music and podcasts on apps like Spotify, and keeping in touch by, for example, sending messages.
Volvo is hoping these new integrations create safe driving practices among drivers by reducing driver distraction and helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road
“We are giving you the same experience in your car that you’re used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving,” says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars.