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Volvo Cars Continues Partnership with Google to Upgrade Infotainment System

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Google and Volvo Cars are working together to outfit the automaker’s next-generation Sensus infotainment system with modern technology to facilitate greater engagement between Volvo drivers and their premium vehicles.

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The next-gen Sensus infotainment system, which is built on Google’s Android operating system, is set to feature Google Play Store, Google Maps, and the voice-controlled Google Assistant. The Android-based platform will allow for real-time updates of the embedded software and apps.

“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

Traffic data and map details will be refreshed in real time through the Google Maps application so that drivers can adjust their route to avoid unnecessary delays or traffic congestion.

According to Volvo Cars, “The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the car that allow drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.”

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In addition to Volvo Cars partnership with Google to bring the best integrated technology to the modern Volvo driver, the automaker will also carry on with pushing forward systems and services developed by its own engineers through the Volvo Car Group.