The Swedish automaker with Chinese parentage has revealed it will have a “close partnership” with one of the world’s leading technology companies – Google – as it wants new infotainment and connectivity systems.
The Gothenburg-based carmaker has decided to enlist Google in the development of its next generation communications systems, with the Volvo cars getting ready to switch to an Android-based operating system – new models will be getting it pretty fast, in just two years. “We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership,” comments Henrik Green, Senior Vice President Research & Development at Volvo Car Group. “Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalization possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective.”
This partnership opens a world of possibilities for Volvo car owners – who should gain access to a wide pool of Android-based apps developed by Google, Volvo, or third-party developers. The brand is also already invested in the partnership, with Google set to upgrade current Volvo models with Google Local Search; a location-based service app, for the models equipped with the Sensus Navigation. “We’re thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next-generation connected cars,” said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google.