Volvo Cars to embed Google Assistant, Play Store, and Google Maps

Volvo Cars joins forces with search giant Google.

By Vishal Kawadkar

    Volvo Cars has announced that it is working with search giant Google. The partnership will allow Volvo to embed the voice-controlled Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system. The services include Google Assistant, Play Store, Maps, and others. The infotainment system is based on Google's Android operating system.

    Volvo Cars to embed Google Assistant, Play Store, and Google Maps

    Volvo Cars' intended partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the car. Plus many additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimized and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems.

    Since the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied. This allows future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services.

    "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."

    The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the car. It allows 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.

    Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time> This will keep drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes. The first Android-based system is intended to be launched in a couple of years from now.

    Volvo also continues to develop its own apps, software and connected services within the Volvo Car Group, using its force of software engineers.

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    "The Google partnership to be entered into is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars," Henrik Green said. "The Android platform, Google services and Google's working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo car experience."

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