Volvo has joined the Open Automotive Alliance to make the Android smartphone platform available to drivers through its new ground-breaking user interface.
The integration of Android Auto™ promises to add yet another dimension to their in-car experience. Android Auto brings features and services familiar to Android smartphone and tablet users directly into the car via the cars’ large centre console touch screen display.
“Google’s approach to user-centricity and the application of technology to improve peoples’ everyday lives makes Android Auto a perfect addition to the Volvo experience,” says Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars.
“We have worked hard to ensure an enjoyable user experience with Android Auto. This will offer our customers a new degree of fluidity and accessibility in the usage of their mobile devices, and bring the digital ecosystem our customers already enjoy into the car, complementing the cars’ existing connected car services and applications,” says Håkan Samuelsson.
Features of Android Auto
Android Auto will provide access to Google Search, Google Maps, Google Play Music and specially adapted third party applications, such as Spotify. All phone-based applications can be controlled via voice or steering wheel controls or the car’s touch screen ensuring the entire interaction with Android Auto content is both safe and easy.
The portrait touch screen provides users with the benefit of having both the car’s and Android Auto content on the screen simultaneously, removing the need to switch between car and Android phone screens.
“We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system offered by Google, made Android Auto a perfect match for Volvo,” says Håkan Samuelsson.
Android Auto will be available on all new models based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), starting with the all-new XC90, due to be publicly revealed at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
The company is also to include Apple CarPlay interoperability in all new models based on the new Scalable Product Architecture. This will make it possible for drivers to connect the most widely used smartphone platforms directly to their car’s touch screen display.