Currently reading: New Volvo infotainment system "as good as a smartphone"
Google-developed software used in the new XC40 Recharge is based on Android OS and allows third-party apps
James Attwood, digital editor
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29 October 2019

Volvo claims its new infotainment system, based on Google’s Android operating system (OS) and developed with the help of the American tech giant, will “be as good to use as your mobile phone”.

The new system will make its debut in the Volvo XC40 Recharge and Polestar 2 electric cars and then be rolled out across the Swedish brands' model line-ups. It replaces Volvo’s bespoke system with an Android-based OS that uses apps such as Google Maps to offer sat-nav with real-time traffic information. 

Users will be able to download third-party apps – such as Spotify or Amazon Music – for functions including navigation and media streaming. The aim is to offer a suite of online services without the need for a smartphone to be connected.

The system can be controlled via touchscreen or voice control, with the latter powered by the Google Assistant system that also operates on devices such as smartphones and smart speakers.

Volvo’s software boss, Ödgärd Andersson, said the new system offers “a radical improvement” and has voice control software “well above anything that’s in any car right now”.

The system is permanently online and so will be able to transmit the car's location and other data, but Andersson suggested that drivers shouldn't have privacy concerns, because they will have to opt in to sharing information through third-party apps.

“It will work fine if you don’t want to share anything with Google," she said, "but there’s great personalisation if you do. Users can customise it to their own needs and wishes.”

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29 October 2019

I can hardly wait, more distractions and monthly subscriptions too.

29 October 2019

"It'll be as good to use as your mobile phone."

Three problems. First of all we're not allowed to use our mobile phones in a car for a reason.

Second, people change their phones every few years. (Perhaps that idea behind this?)

Third - who wants a three year old mobile phone? The updates have ceased, it's no longer supported, the latest software is incompatible with old hardware, newer apps run slower, if at all.

What is wrong with a system where you simply hook up your exisitng phone and it's replicated on the screen in front of you?

 

29 October 2019
scotty5 wrote:

"It'll be as good to use as your mobile phone."

Three problems. First of all we're not allowed to use our mobile phones in a car for a reason.

Second, people change their phones every few years. (Perhaps that idea behind this?)

Third - who wants a three year old mobile phone? The updates have ceased, it's no longer supported, the latest software is incompatible with old hardware, newer apps run slower, if at all.

What is wrong with a system where you simply hook up your exisitng phone and it's replicated on the screen in front of you?

 

 

Hilarious, you put points forward to try and rubbish the new system, then immediately trash them using your own ridiculous arguements.

 

Go back to your two tin cans and shoelace.

29 October 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

scotty5 wrote:

"It'll be as good to use as your mobile phone."

Three problems. First of all we're not allowed to use our mobile phones in a car for a reason.

Second, people change their phones every few years. (Perhaps that idea behind this?)

Third - who wants a three year old mobile phone? The updates have ceased, it's no longer supported, the latest software is incompatible with old hardware, newer apps run slower, if at all.

What is wrong with a system where you simply hook up your exisitng phone and it's replicated on the screen in front of you?

 

 

Also see the other replies that give you a sound rebuke.

 

Hilarious, you put points forward to try and rubbish the new system, then immediately trash them using your own ridiculous arguements.

 

Go back to your two tin cans and shoelace.

29 October 2019

> be as good to use as your mobile phone

Not good enough, for a start it's very dangerous to use your phone while driving, and it's similarly dangerous to rely entirely on a touchscreen while driving. If Volvo is truly all about safety, they would ensure their cars have plenty of buttons for all of the essential settings that you need to adjust while in motion and with eyes on the road.

> The system is permanently online and so will be able to transmit the car's location and other data, but Andersson suggested that drivers shouldn't have privacy concerns

Yes, because I totally trust my data with a company owned by a large Chinese company, which in turn is subject to the whims of the Chinese Communist Party.

I love tech and I work in tech, but the excessive amount of technology in cars and the always-online nature of the newest models is unnecessary and creeps me out. It's like they want you to pay the full price for a car but not truly own it.

29 October 2019

you cant use your smart phone whilst you are driving.. 

What part of voice control are you all struggling to comprehend, Alexa/Google assistant/Siri are part of everyday life, they are appearing on more and more tech items.. Android is an operating system that is contantly upgraded, its backward compatible and open source, its far better than anything any vehicle manufacturer can produce, there is no mention of subscription fees, but I suspect there will be if you want items like spotify etc, many posters are constantly whining about the lack of android auto or the fact its a cost option, now its part of the vehicle people are still whining. 

I cant remember who it was possibly Porsche, have recently said they will offer Apple carplay (or whatever its called) but not Android, because the majority of customers have iPhones, I cant remember anyone complaining.. 

Also remeber Tesla fanboys, android or Apple is not even an option on Teslas.. 

29 October 2019

As Google doesn't satisfactorily address their privacy concerns. That's why BMW doesn't currently offer android auto.

29 October 2019

Does one want to control a car like a cellphone, especially while driving?

29 October 2019
If the voice control works as well as it does with the current version if Android Auto and all you simply have to go is say

Okay Google (or the Volvo equivalent)
Play the album xxxx
Put the temperature at 18 degrees and
Take me the quickest way to work

And it actually does it , i am fine with it ....

Though my car does have physical buttons/dials for the heater controls and aux functions

As mentioned above by others , there is a happy medium ..... both can coexist together

29 October 2019

The current satnav is one of the worst on the market so I hope it's better.

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