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Volvo XC40 is first to get Android-powered infotainment system

The new Volvo XC40 electric will be the first car with new Google OS Volvo's new infotainment system is powered by Google Android Automotive OS The new Volvo XC40 electric will be the first car with new Google OS
Emmett Howard | 12 October, 2019, 12:46

Technology and services created by Google and Volvo Cars developers are embedded in the vehicle, while additional music and media apps optimised and adapted for cars will be available through the Google Play Store. The new infotainment system promises unprecedented personalization, improved levels of intuitiveness, and new embedded Google technologies and services.

Using Android Automotive gives drivers a range of benefits, but most importantly, you won't need to tether your phone to your vehicle anymore to get access to Google Maps, Assistant, Spotify, and other Android Auto apps from the pre-installed Play Store.

Volvo has announced that its electric auto called the XC40, is the first automobile to get a new infotainment system that is powered by Android. You can also expect some tie-ins to existing services, such as Volvo On Call's ability to find your vehicle in the parking lot or share it with friends using a virtual key. If the new OS can keep the simplicity and ease of use combined with new and improved features, it could be on to a victor. In addition, the Google Assistant enables voice command for controlling temperature, setting a destination, play music on apps like Spotify, while also interact with owner's smart home devices from your Volvo. The Google Assistant also allows you to interact with your smart-home devices from your Volvo vehicle.

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Volvo is first to work with Google on the new infotainment system that is complete with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store is integrated. Volvo says the integration reduces driver distraction and helps drivers keep hands-on the wheel.

Google Maps will be able to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes, as well as suggesting the nearest charging station en route. It will be fitted first to the all-electric XC40 which is being unveiled on 16 October 2019, marking a major step forward in the Swedes' in-car tech.

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