Volvo and Google to build Android-based infotainment system

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Volvo is partnering with Google to develop an Android-based infotainment and connectivity solution for launch within two years.

Volvo with Android OS and Google services

The new Android-based infotainment and system will launch on new Volvo models in two years.

The carmaker said Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalisation possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.

Patrick Brady, vice president of Android engineering at Google, commented: “This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services.”

“With the advent of Android, we will embrace a rich ecosystem while keeping our iconic Volvo user interface. We will offer hundreds of popular apps and the best-integrated experience in this broad, connected environment,” added Henrik Green, senior vice president research & development at Volvo Car Group.

The new technology comes as Audi also announced that it’s working with Google on a fully integrated Android solution for in-car infotainment applications, with its Q8 sport concept technology platform to be showcased this week at the Google I/O developer conference.

Volvo is also collaborating with Google on another initiative to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location-based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.

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