Volvo Cars Partners With Google to Build Android Into Next Generation Connected Cars
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire=KYODO JBN/ --
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Volvo Cars, the premium carmaker, has announced a close partnership with
Google, one of the world's largest technology companies, to develop the next
generation of its award-winning in-car infotainment and connectivity solution
based on Android, offering access to a wide array of apps and services. It will
launch on new Volvo models within two years.
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The partnership promises to revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and
interact with their cars. The large catalogue of popular Android apps -
developed by Google, Volvo, or third party app developers - will offer
connected and predictive services in and around the car.
"We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership.
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," said Henrik Green, Senior Vice
President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group.
Volvo Cars' partnership with Google reflects the ongoing convergence
between the automotive and technology industries as cars become increasingly
connected. Volvo believes smart partnerships are the future for the car
industry. Using Android as the base operating system will increase speed and
flexibility in the development and offer its customers the ability to
personalize the connected in-car experience.
"We're thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next
generation connected cars," said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android
Engineering at Google. "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," said Henrik
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
Further details on the partnership and Android OS will be announced at
Google's annual tech show, Google I/O on May 17.
Note to Editors:
Volvo Cars most recently launched a replacement to its bestselling medium
size SUV, the XC60 at the Geneva Motor Show. It is set to reveal a smaller SUV,
the XC40, later this year.
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SOURCE: Volvo Car Group