Volvo Cars has announced a partnership with Google in order to develop the next generation of its in-car infotainment and connectivity solution based on Google's Android, allowing passengers access to a wide selection of apps and services. The new system will launch with Volvo models within the next two years.
The objective of this partnership is to revolutionise how customers interact with their cars. A large selection of applications - developed by Google, Volvo or third party developers - will be offered as connectivity and other services in and around the car.
“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. 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,” said Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo's partnership with Google is another example of collaboration between the automotive and technological industries. Volvo says that using Android will help increase speed and flexibility to allow customers to personalise their experience with the in-car infotainment system.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars,” said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google. “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,” said Henrik 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. Further details on the partnership and Android OS will be announced at Google’s annual tech show, Google I/O on May 17.