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April 7, 2022

Volvo extends OTA software updates to all models

The full model range can now receive an update.

By Graeme Roberts

All new Volvo car models can now receive over the air software updates as the latest upgrade reaches 190,000 customers in 34 markets.

The Geely owned automaker has added OTA to its latest XC90, S60 and V60 models and that followed the technology’s initial introduction on fully electric models.

The full model range can now receive an update of the car’s complete operating system over the air.

Infotainment will be upgraded to a newer version of Android Automotive OS, Android 11 with the OTA update going out this week. Owners will also gain access to new app categories on Google Play, including navigation, charging and parking now available, with video streaming expected to be added later this year.

Furthermore, the latest OTA update brings feature improvements, ranging from better energy management through improved climate timers and updates to mobile app functionality and car applications.

The energy management improvements help to maintain appropriate battery temperatures during both cold and warm days, boosting driving range. Charging has also improved by pre-heating the battery which lowers charging time. The Volvo Cars app also receives more frequent updates from the car on the charging percentage during an ongoing session.

The latest OTA update is the company’s eighth complete car package.

Its release coincides with the introduction of OTA updates in India, Taiwan and New Zealand after expansion to South Korea, Australia, Thailand and Singapore earlier this year.

Henrik Green, chief product officer at Volvo Cars, said: “This is a significant milestone: we’re now updating cars of all models in a majority of our markets.”

The automaker said it would now offer its infotainment system with Google apps and services in all new models.

The infotainment system was jointly developed with Google.

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