Swedish automaker Volvo has announced that their next-generation Sensus infotainment system will be based on Google’s Android operating system. The luxury automaker is currently working 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, based on Google's Android operating system.
Talking about the new announcement, Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars said, “Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services. 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.” He further added, “The Google partnership to be entered into is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars. The Android platform, Google services and Google’s working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo car experience.”
However, the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied hence allowing future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services. Therefore, Volvo’s intended partnership with Google will be quite helpful to enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars.
The Google Assistant will offer a centralized interface giving drivers control of various in-car functions such as air conditioning, play music, and send messages while helping to reduce driver distraction. The store will also host thousands of additional apps optimized for use through Android Auto as well as a host of Google features will come incorporated right into the car, offering services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant, and the Google Play Store.
Talking about the Google apps, the Google's apps come with a user friendly set of features such as providing a central voice interface for the car. The feature further allows drivers to control in-car functions such as the aircon, use apps to play music, and send messages to people. Apart from this, the Google Assistant contributes in reducing distractions for drivers allowing them keep their eyes on the road at all times while the Google Maps on the next-gen Sensus will also be able to provide real-time, refreshed map and traffic data. The Google Maps will also keep the drivers updated about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggest alternative routes to avoid traffic on the roads.
Though Volvo said last year that the Google android based system in Volvo cars will come in next two years, however there is no confirmation regarding when the first android based system will be launched in the Volvo cars. For that, we’ll have to be patient till the automaker announces further official details about it. Also, there’s no word if Volvo and Google’s partnership will affect the availability of Apple CarPlay in future models. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Volvo cars with Google’s Android operating system.