Volvo Cars Android Auto start screen

Volvo Cars' Android Auto start screen

Volvo Cars UK has added Android Auto to its 90-series cars in addition to the existing Apple CarPlay smartphone integration accessed from the tablet style central display screen first seen in the XC90, and now also in the recently launched S90 and V90 models.

The new feature allows users to access Android phone functions directly from the car's Sensus infotainment system. It is available for all S90, V90, V90 Cross Country and XC90 variants.

A wide range of Android-optimised apps – including Google Maps and Google Play Music – are then available directly via the car's touch screen. Users can also make and receive calls, and send and receive text messages using Android Auto. Alternatively, these functions can be controlled using the car's or the phone's voice control system.

The tablet style touch screen's large size and portrait layout allow the Android Auto apps to be displayed in the bottom section of the screen, leaving the top free to display the car's other main functions.

Jon Wakefield, managing director of Volvo Car UK, said: "It's more important than ever for our customers to stay connected while on the move. Our Apple CarPlay integration was already the best in the business and the introduction of Android Auto brings our class-leading smartphone integration to a whole new audience."

Smartphone Integration includes a second USB socket and is a GBP300 option. Existing owners of models built after April 2016, which already have Apple CarPlay, can get a complimentary upgrade to smartphone integration as part of a routine scheduled service visit at a Volvo dealership.

Android Auto works on Android smartphones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher.

See also: Automakers to introduce Android Auto technology