Electric Volvo XC40 Getting Android-Powered Infotainment System

Ceria Alfonso
Octubre 10, 2019

The Volvo XC40 Electric is set to become the one of the first production cars to feature an infotainment system powered by the Android Automotive operating system (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.

The new infotainment is powered by Android Automotive and is created to work seamlessly with the Google suite of services, such as Google Maps, Assistant and the Play Store for apps.

Volvo Cars is fundamentally rethinking infotainment in the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40. If the new OS can keep the simplicity and ease of use combined with new and improved features, it could be on to a victor.

'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, ' said Henrik Green, Volvo's chief technology officer. You can also expect some tie-ins to existing services, such as Volvo On Call's ability to find your auto in the parking lot or share it with friends using a virtual key. This will allow Volvo to update the vehicle with new features and functionality over time, just as Tesla does.

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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. Volvo says the integration reduces driver distraction and helps drivers keep hands-on the wheel.

Google Assistant and Google Maps will be particularly useful for owners.

Maps will provide refreshed map data and traffic data in real-time to keep drivers informed.

This same rich and fresh map data will be used to improve the capabilities of the XC40's Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) by providing important information such as speed limits and curves in the road to the vehicle. Some new features with the electric XC40 will be monitoring for battery status and charge levels. It will be fitted first to the all-electric XC40 which is being unveiled on 16 October 2019, marking a major step forward in the Swedes' in-car tech.

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