Electric XC40 will debut Volvo's next-gen infotainment

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This week Volvo announced the SUV would be the first to use a built-in infotainment system powered by Android, allowing access to all of Google's services in a straightforward manner.

Volvo has announced that its electric vehicle called the XC40, is the first automobile to get a new infotainment system that is powered by Android. The unit supports over-the-air updates for the software and operating system, provides great levels of personalization and embeds Google's technology and services.

"We are finally giving you the same experience in your auto that you're used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving", said CTO Henrik Green.

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Volvo said the Google Maps data streams will also be integrated with new self-driving features to be introduced on the electric XC40. "And by introducing over-the-air updates for everything, from maintenance to completely new features, the auto can stay as fresh as your other digital products, always with the latest and greatest features". The fully electric XC40 will keep evolving and improving over time, rather than it being at its peak when it leaves the factory. Volvo notes that it's Android Automotive OS infotainment system allows millions of developers to run apps that are tailored to the auto.

Volvo is launching a new-generation infotainment system in collaboration with Google.

Google Assistant integration allows users to control functions in the vehicle using their voice. Volvo says the integration reduces driver distraction and helps drivers keep hands-on the wheel.

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Drivers can also use Volvo On Call to locate their vehicle, or setup a digital key for people renting the auto via a vehicle-sharing service.

In addition to using Google's services and applications from the Android app store, the system also features Volvo On Call suite of services, which includes remote locking/unlocking, battery status monitoring, and cabin pre-heating. It will be fitted first to the all-electric XC40 which is being unveiled on 16 October 2019, marking a major step forward in the Swedes' in-car tech.

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