Volvo, Google to build Android into connected cars
Volvo customers will have access to a wide range of apps and services
Volvo Cars and Google have announced a partnership to develop the next-generation in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Android.
The partnership will offer Volvo customers access to a wide range of apps and services offering them the chance to engage and interact with their cars.
Using Android as the base operating system will increase speed and flexibility in the development and offer its customers the ability to personalise the connected in-car experience.
Henrik Green, senior vice president Research & Development at Volvo Car Group, said: "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."
Patrick Brady, vice president of Android Engineering at Google, added: "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."
"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 Green.
Volvo is also collaborating with Google on another initiative to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.