Electric XC40 will debut Volvo's next-gen infotainment

Volvo's new infotainment system is powered by Google Android Automotive OS

Volvo's new infotainment system is powered by Google Android Automotive OS

The electric XC40 will be the first Volvo offering to get the new software and operating system that comes with over-the-air updates.

This week Volvo announced the SUV would be the first to use a built-in infotainment system powered by Android, allowing access to all of Google's services in a straightforward manner.

Volvo Cars is fundamentally rethinking infotainment in the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40. The two companies have been development partners for the past several years.

"We are finally giving you the same experience in your vehicle that you're used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving", says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. This will allow Volvo to update the auto with new features and functionality over time, just as Tesla does. This ensures that the system keeps evolving and improving over time, instead of being the newest when it first left the facility.

One of the best features of Android Automotive OS is that it is an Android operating system familiar to millions of developers, tailored to run in the auto. 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 Google Assistant also allows you to interact with your smart-home devices from your Volvo auto. Google Maps data will help improve the XC40's driver assistance by identifying curves and speed limits.

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Users will be able to access certain functions of the auto by using their voice, thanks to the integration of Google Assistant.

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

In addition to using Google's services and applications from the Android app store, the system also features Volvo On Call suite of services, which includes remote locking/unlocking, battery status monitoring, and cabin pre-heating.

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

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