Volvo and Google will continue working together to create a seamless and simple infotainment experience in the former’s upcoming range of battery-electric vehicles. The Swedish brand was one of the first carmakers to use the Android Automotive OS, which is currently found in the XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2, and will roll out across Volvo’s 2022 model year vehicles. This means you get built-in Google Maps and Google Assistant, both of which are simpler and more intuitive to use.
Volvo’s next-generation multimedia system is part of the VolvoCars.OS umbrella that covers several operating systems within the vehicle and a cloud. Its basis is the Android Automotive OS and a new display layout. Volvo and Google are optimizing the user experience with safety and ease of use in mind. The layout will have a clear separation based on its relevance to the driver. The digital gauge cluster shows the most important information like battery levels and speed. A head-up display projects key data right in the driver’s line of sight.
On the dash is a large main touch screen that puts accessibility first and can also be controlled via voice commands. Volvo says it has made sure that no function will require digging through layers of submenus, simplifying the user experience. If the current interface in the Polestar 2 is any indication, you’ll be able to scan and get to what you need quickly that way you don’t get distracted while driving.
“Our teams have spent a lot of time with Google to further develop and improve our user experience for the next generation of Volvo Cars,” said Henrik Green, chief technology officer at Volvo Car Group. “Especially in terms of safety, serenity, and simplicity, we have made great strides thanks to a deeper integration of design and technological development. We are convinced that it will allow us to create even better Volvo cars and set a new industry standard.”
The upcoming range of Volvo battery-electric vehicles will be seamlessly linked to the owner’s mobile device. Functions such as phone as key and the Volvo Cars app will keep you connected to the world around you. In addition to preheating and cooling, you’ll be able to find and pay for charging and connect the vehicle with your home devices.
Volvo’s upcoming EVs will also receive over-the-air update capability, allowing them to receive new software more frequently and even get new features. This means your vehicle gets better over time and with the company moving toward in-house software development, it can send out updates more frequently to make improvements to vehicles that are already on the road.
As part of its new commercial strategy, Volvo’s upcoming EVs will be available online via its consumer site. Customers will be able to customize their vehicles or place an order anywhere with the assistance of their local retailer. Volvo will also include a convenient Care offer with its EVs, which include service, warranty, and roadside assistance. In certain areas, the company will also add insurance and home charging options.
Expect both future Volvo and Polestar vehicles to get the next iteration of the Android Automotive OS. The current one is already a game-changer in its own right and is one of the most intuitive interfaces available.