Scheduled for release on October 16, the electric Volvo XC40 is slowly becoming popular. It seems like when the car will be launched, we will see big changes not only in terms of the drive but also in terms of software.
Now, the company revealed that its first full-electric SUV will receive a completely new infotainment system based on the Android Automotive OS from Google.
Developed in partnership with Google and based on Android, the electric XC40‘s new infotainment system will have the most important Google services, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store built-in.
It should be noted that in the case of Android Automotive OS, no connection to the smartphone is required, as the applications are launched directly on the car’s computer.
Compatible with voice commands, the new electric XC40’s infotainment system will allow users to get things – like controlling temperature, setting a destination, playing their favorite music, sending messages – using just their voice. This will help users keep their hands on the wheels and eyes on the road.
The real-time traffic data will be able to display alternative routes and also help to find available charging stations. Also, additional music and media apps optimized and adapted for cars will be available through the Google Play Store.
In addition, over time, other popular applications should appear, which will be helpful while driving or have a positive impact on comfort.
The capabilities of the Android Automotive OS will make it possible to take full advantage of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) platform, which features a set of radars, cameras, and ultrasonic sensors.
Among the more interesting features, there will be a mobile smartphone application fully integrated with Volvo On Call, offering new features such as monitoring battery status and charging levels. The location of the car will be saved in the application, which should allow its easier location in large parking lots.
The new Volvo XC40 will be officially presented on October 16 in Los Angeles. At that time, we will know more details about the car with Android pre-installed.