The electrical model of the Volvo’s XC40 debuting on October 16 would be the first to function the Swedish automaker’s next-generation infotainment system.

The brand new system might be powered by an automotive-specific model of Google’s Android working system and embody fashionable apps corresponding to Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Retailer—full with real-time updates.

Volvo will nonetheless have its personal interface with distinctive graphics and menus, in addition to its personal apps operating alongside these from Google and third events. The identical system, albeit with a Polestar interface, has already been introduced for the Polestar 2 sport sedan arriving in 2020.

Teaser for electrical Volvo XC40 debuting on October 16, 2019

“We’re lastly giving you a similar expertise in your automobile that you just’re used to in your telephone, however tailored for protected interplay whereas driving,” mentioned Henrik Inexperienced, chief expertise officer at Volvo.

Google Assistant and Google Maps might be significantly helpful for homeowners. Google Assistant will allow voice management of quite a few features, corresponding to controlling the local weather settings, discovering a vacation spot, taking part in music, or dialing a pal. In the meantime, with Google Maps you will have maps up to date in real-time, together with information on visitors and velocity restrict adjustments.

Volvo mentioned the Google Maps information streams will even be built-in with new self-driving options to be launched on the electrical XC40. The self-driving options had been developed by Zenuity, the self-driving expertise three way partnership established in 2017 by Volvo and Swedish automotive provider Autoliv.

Electric Volvo XC40's powertrain

Electrical Volvo XC40’s powertrain

The brand new infotainment system will even be built-in with Volvo’s personal Volvo On Name app that provides distant features, corresponding to pre-heating the automobile, finding it in a parking zone, and even sharing it by way of a digital key. Some new options with the electrical XC40 might be monitoring for battery standing and cost ranges.

Google first introduced plans for an Android infotainment system in 2016. The tech large says the profit to automakers in utilizing its OS is that they’ll now not be tasked with having to repeatedly develop their very own methods for widespread options corresponding to connectivity and navigation, thus serving to to cut back complexity and prices. A typical OS additionally presents benefits for communication with different vehicles on the street, which might be essential for a future with self-driving vehicles.

As for the electrical XC40, we all know the car may have a battery within the flooring, an electrical motor at every axle for all-wheel drive, and a frunk. Volvo hasn’t supplied any specs however the electrical XC40 is predicted to supply round 250 miles of vary, seemingly measured utilizing extra lenient requirements than the EPA.


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