Volvo has agreed a deal with Google to develop the next generation of its infotainment and connectivity system.
The technology will arrive within two years and be based on an Android operating system. Despite this, both Android and Apple products will be compatible with the system, according to Volvo.
The tie-up is different to Google’s existing product, Android Auto, which has gained growing support among car makers, including Volvo and Audi.
Google has long been mooted as working on plans to push Android directly to a car’s interface, removing the need for a smartphone and this Volvo tie-up suggests the first step in that direction.
The car maker said that apps developed by Google, Volvo or third-party app developers “will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car”.
It added that the partnership “promises to revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars”.
Volvo R&D boss Henrik Green commented that the move allows for more personalisation options and “increased flexibility from a development perspective”.
He added: “With the advent of Android, we will embrace a rich ecosystem while keeping our iconic Volvo user interface. We will offer hundreds of popular apps and the best-integrated experience in this broad, connected environment.” Volvo is also working with Google to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location-based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.
The car maker said it “believes smart partnerships are the future for the car industry”. Last year, it announced it was joining forces with Uber to co-develop autonomous vehicle technology.