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Volvo’s Getting a New Android OS to Go With Electric XC40

When Volvo’s new electric XC40 rolls out, it’s not going to be just the driveline that’s all-new. Volvo is planning a new infotainment system for the new model that it says is “fundamentally rethinking infotainment.”

The new system will be powered by the Android operating system. Just like your phone or tablet. Though that doesn’t mean it’ll look just like your phone. Volvo says that it will, however, offer more personalization, improved intuitiveness, and more Google services.

Google Play Store, Google Maps, and the Google Assistant. All built-into the car. With real-time updates to those services and apps. The vehicle itself will be able to receive software and OS updates over the air, the first Volvo to be so equipped and one of the first few cars from any automaker to get that tech.

“We are finally giving you the same experience in your car that you’re used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving,” says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. “And by introducing over-the-air updates for everything from maintenance to completely new features, the car can stay as fresh as your other digital products, always with the latest and greatest features.”

Google Assistant integration will better allow drivers to keep their hands and eyes on the wheel, Volvo says. Increasing safety. It can also interact with smart-home devices from your car. The Google Map system will have real-time traffic and suggest alternate routes. Volvo says the new map data will improve the function of the driver assistance systems as well.

The new system will also integrate with the Volvo On Call app, allowing new features like monitoring charging and battery from your phone as well as existing features like finding your car, pre-heating, or remote unlocking.

We’ll finally get to see the new electric XC40 next week.

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