Volvo and Google to build Android-based infotainment system
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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