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Volvo will work with internet giant Google on the next generation of its in-car infotainment, which will be based on the Android platform. It will soon offer access to a wide array of apps and services and the carmaker is planning to launch it on new Volvo models within two years.
Using Android as the base operating system increases speed and flexibility for innovation and allows buyers to personalise their connected in-car experience. This partnership reflects the ongoing convergence between the automotive and technology industries. Volvo says the partnership promises to “revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars.”
“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.
“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” said Patrick Brady, vice-president of Android Engineering at Google.
Further details will be announced at Google’s annual tech show, Google I/O on May 17.