Volvo EV Gets Advanced Connectivity Features
The upcoming all-electric variant of Volvo Car Corp.’s XC40 compact crossover vehicle will be capable of over-the-air software updates and use Google Inc.’s latest Android Automotive operating platform for its infotainment system.
The upgraded Android technology will provide additional voice activation features and is easier to use and update than the first-generation platform introduced in 2016. Volvo’s 2020 Polestar 2 EV also is using the new Android system, while General Motors and Volkswagen have announced plans to add it in coming years.
The embedded system enables motorists to access a variety of Google-based services and other smartphone apps in their vehicle. The platform doesn’t require the presence of a smartphone or use of an Android Auto interface.
Drivers can use their voice to operate Google Assistant, which provides control over the car’s climate settings, navigation, music playback and messaging. They also can control smart-home devices from the vehicle or remotely monitor and control various vehicle systems.
The XC40 EV will be unveiled next week in Los Angeles.
The Tesla Model 3 is certainly one of the most controversial cars to be launched in some time, with production models (a comparative handful, admittedly) presented on a stage with a throng of people treating it like it was an event with Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, all at the same time.
Chrysler pioneered the modern-day minivan more than 30 years ago and has been refining and improving that type of vehicle ever since.
Although the term “continuous improvement” is generally associated with another company, Honda is certainly pursuing that approach, as is evidenced by the Accord, which is now in its ninth generation.