Volvo hits on Google

for infotainment

Volvo XC60, 2021, Google Maps display
Volvo XC60, 2021, front
Volvo XC60, 2021, rear

VOLVO is teaming up with Google to bring an Android-powered infotainment system to its XC60 SUV, S90 saloon and V90 estate models.

The change is coming as the Swedish car maker is also introducing new driver assistance features that use an array of radars, cameras and ultrasonic sensors to the cars.

Volvo says the Google tie up rethinks the nature of car infotainment and comes with a user-friendly interface with top grade connectivity.

It is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android with Google apps and services built in, and the fully electric XC40 Recharge became the first Volvo car to carry the system.

To give customers the same experience that they are used to on their phones, but adapted for hands-free interaction while driving, Volvo has also introduced a Digital Services package, which will be available for all Volvo cars with the Android-powered infotainment system with Google apps and services built in.

The package includes access to Google apps and services, the Volvo On Call app and the wireless phone charger, as well as all data required to run the services..

Google apps and services add to the functionality of the Android-powered system by providing hands-free help from Google Assistant, a best-in-class navigation through Google Maps and a broad set up of in-car apps via Google Play.

The system is voice controlled allowing drivers to operate it while keeping their focus on the road.

The model updates come as Volvo has announced that the fully electric XC40 Recharge will be available online only, as part of the company's recently announced new commercial strategy.

Under the new strategy, Volvo aims to be a fully electric car company by 2030, with all electric cars to be available exclusively online.

Volvo says it will invest heavily in its online sales channels, focusing on offering premium electric cars in a convenient and simple way.

The fully electric XC40 - and later, the newly presented C40 Recharge - will be available via the company's online store, which in turn will be overhauled to present customers with a simplified buying process, transparent pricing and a wide selection of pre-configured electric cars aimed at shortening delivery times.

Prices for the upgraded XC60, S90 and V90 in the UK will be announced shortly.

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