Due to the partnership between Volvo and Microsoft, drivers can now control some functions of their cars through a wearable voice-enabled control system.
I am sure that many of you have been huge fans of the popular American TV show Knight Rider aired in the 80’s. I certainly was captivated at that time by David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a high-tech modern crime fighter, who could talk to its KITT Pontiac Firebird Trans Am car. Now, three decades later, you can relive those memories thanks to new technologies that are emerging on a daily basis. Volvo Cars and Microsoft have teamed up again, enabling people to speak to their cars. Owners will be able to talk to their Volvos via the Microsoft Band 2 wearable gadget, allowing them to instruct their vehicle to perform different tasks including setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn. This is possible only via Volvo’s mobile app Volvo on Call that allows access to the car through the voice control system. And while you are wearing the Microsoft Band 2, you can also check your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn and sleep quality.
Today Volvo on Call is available in USA, Canada, China, Sweden, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Poland and Brazil. Customers will have this new connection facility available beginning with spring 2016.
In November 2015, Volvo and Microsoft announced their collaboration with the first automotive application of HoloLens technology. HoloLens augmented-reality goggles is the world’s first fully untethered holographic computer, which could be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter, explore and even buy cars.