Geely’s Volvo Cars is continuing the introduction of its new Android-powered infotainment system with Google to the XC60, S90, V90 and V90 Cross Country models, as part of a broader update of its model line.
The system, developed with Google, is said to “rethink the nature of car infotainment and is defined by a user-friendly interface and unparalleled connectivity”.
Volvo Car is the first company to work with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android with Google apps and services built in, and the fully electric XC40 Recharge was the first model with the system.
To give customers the same experience they are used to on their phones, adapted for hands-free interaction while driving, the automaker has introduced a new Digital Services package which includes access to Google apps and services, the Volvo On Call app and wireless phone charger (usually a separate option, as are some USB connectors), as well as all data required to run the services.
Google apps and services enhance the functionality of the Android-powered system by providing hands-free help from Assistant, claimed best-in-class navigation through Maps, and a broad selection of in-car apps via Play.
With Assistant, drivers can use voice commands to control the temperature, set a destination, play music and podcasts, and send messages.
Music and media apps optimised and adapted for cars will be available through Play while Maps will be able to provide up to date map and traffic data.
The Volvo models are also updated with the latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Other range updates include new colour and upholstery options as well as a leather-free interior option for all 60-series models. It is also now available in the XC40 Recharge.
Volvo also said the fully electric XC40 Recharge would now be available exclusively online as part of the recently announced new commercial strategy where the automaker aims to be a fully electric car company by 2030 with all electric cars to be available online only.
It will invest heavily in its online sales channels.
The fully electric XC40 – and later, the newly announced C40 Recharge – will be available via the company’s flagship 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.