Volvo said the Google Maps data streams will also be integrated with new self-driving features to be introduced on the electric XC40.
The new system will be powered by an automotive-specific version of Google's Android operating system and include popular apps such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store-complete with real-time updates. The two companies have been development partners for the past several years.
Volvo has announced that its electric auto called the XC40, is the first automobile to get a new infotainment system that is powered by Android.
"We are finally giving you the same experience in your auto that you're used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving", said in a statement Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. This ensures that the system keeps evolving and improving over time, instead of being the newest when it first left the facility. This will allow Volvo to update the vehicle with new features and functionality over time, just as Tesla does. The new operating system will not only offer the standard apps and features, but will also get optimised apps adapted for cars that are related to music and media, and can be downloaded via the Google Playstore. Volvo notes that it's Android Automotive OS infotainment system allows millions of developers to run apps that are tailored to the vehicle. Thus, they can set a destination point, play a certain song, control the temperature and send messages hands-free and without taking their eyes off the road.
Google Assistant and Google Maps will be particularly useful for owners.
The implementation of this technology has also allowed for the improvement of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which provide important information to the vehicle such as upcoming curves and speed limits.
What's more, the Android system will be fully integrated with the Volvo On Call service, allowing the deployment of features like battery status and charging levels monitoring.
Volvo Cars also continues to develop software and connected services, using its growing force of software engineers and its digital services platform Volvo On Call.