Volvo Cars and Google partner to build Android into next generation connected cars

Volvo Cars has announced a partnership with Google to develop the next generation of in-car infotainment and connectivity solutions based on Android. It will launch on new Volvo models within two years.

The partnership will enhance engagement and interaction with a large catalogue of popular apps developed by Google, Volvo, and third party app developers, offering connected and predictive solutions in and around the car. While Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalisation possibilities, Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.

Volvo Cars’ partnership with Google reflects the ongoing convergence between the automotive and technology industries, as cars become increasingly connected and future ready. Android as the base operating system will increase speed and flexibility in the development and offer its customers the ability to personalise the in-car environment through a more seamless experience.

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. Further details on the partnership and Android OS will be announced at Google’s annual tech show, Google I/O on May 17.

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