Volvo was the first mainstream company to integrate Apple CarPlay compatibility into its products. Since 2017, in fact, every new model the company has launched has been more than compatible- they’ve had Apple’s CarPlay as standard. Volvos have also offered the hyper-connected an Android option, as well, with Android Auto (downloadable as a free app), but it seems that the company is taking its relationship with Android and Google even further in the coming months by incorporating Android Apps directly into its “front and center” Sensus infotainment system.

The move would allow Volvo owners to access apps like Google Maps and Google Assistant without the need to connect their car to a mobile device.

It’s a slick move, I think. It will allow users to seamlessly send road trip plans from their PC or laptop to their car and do wonders for cable management freaks like me some people I know. You can check out Volvo’s official press release, below, then let us know what you think of the new Google integration in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, today announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps, and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google’s Android operating system.

Volvo Cars’ intended partnership with Google will further enhance the way Volvo customers engage with and interact with their cars. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars are embedded in the car, plus thousands of additional apps are available through the Google Play Store that is optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems.

Since the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and can be automatically applied. This allows future Volvo cars to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services.

“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

The Google Assistant provides a central voice interface for the car that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages. This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road at all times.

Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes.

Today’s announcement builds on the strategic relationship between Volvo Cars and Google, which began in 2017 when Volvo Cars announced the new generation of its infotainment system will be based on Google’s Android platform. The first Android-based system is intended to be launched in a couple of years from now.

Volvo Cars is committed to developing strategic relationships with third parties to broaden the range of connected services offered to Volvo customers, embracing the disruption currently underway in the car industry. The company also continues to develop its own apps, software and connected services within the Volvo Car Group, using its growing force of software engineers.

“The Google partnership to be entered into is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars,” Henrik Green said. “The Android platform, Google services and Google’s working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo car experience.”


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Source | Images: Volvo Cars.