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Looks good!

Finally, OTA update for software and OS. Does it including firmware? Not exactly sure. But EV firmware is simple, no ECU!

And, map data to help speed limit and curve handling.

Great long waiting stuff.

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Fully electric Volvo XC40 introduces brand new infotainment system powered by Android with Google technologies built-in

Oct 09, 2019 ID: 258928

Volvo Cars is fundamentally rethinking infotainment in the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40. Powered by Android, the new infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation, improved levels of intuitiveness and new embedded Google technology and services.

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Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android, with the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store built-in. The two companies have been development partners for the past several years.

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The new system offers full integration of Android Automotive OS, Google’s open-source Android platform, with real-time updates to services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and automotive apps created by the global developer community.

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The electric XC40 is also the first Volvo that will receive software and operating system updates over the air*, placing Volvo Cars at the forefront of automotive connected services. The fully electric XC40 will keep evolving and improving over time, rather than it being at its peak when it leaves the factory.

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“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.”

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One of the best features of Android Automotive OS is that it is an Android operating system familiar to millions of developers, tailored to run in the car. Technology and services created by Google and Volvo Cars developers are embedded in the car, while additional music and media apps optimised and adapted for cars will be available through the Google Play Store.

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The Google Assistant allows customers to get things done using just their voice for in-car functions such as controlling temperature, setting a destination, playing their favourite music and podcasts on apps like Spotify, and keeping in touch by for example sending messages.

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This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Google Assistant also allows you to interact with your smart-home devices from your Volvo car.

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Google Maps will be able to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes, as well as suggesting the nearest charging station en route.

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This same rich and fresh map data will be used to improve the capabilities of the XC40’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) by providing important information such as speed limits and curves in the road to the car.

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Volvo Cars also continues to develop software and connected services, using its growing force of software engineers and its digital services platform Volvo On Call.

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For example, the new infotainment system will be fully integrated with Volvo On Call, offering new features such as monitoring battery status and charging levels.

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Volvo On Call classics such as pre-heating your car on a cold winter’s day, finding your car in a large parking lot, remote locking and unlocking and car sharing via a digital key are also included.

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The fully electric XC40 will be first shown to the public on October 16.

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* The fully electric XC40 is the first car to receive larger over-the-air updates to its software and operating system. Over-the-air updates for apps and maps are already available on other current Volvo cars.

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* Google, Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google LLC.

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* Availability of features and services described above may vary, depending on market.

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Volvo Car Group in 2018

For the 2018 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14,185 MSEK (14,061 MSEK in 2017). Revenue over the period amounted to 252,653 MSEK (208,646 MSEK). For the full year 2018, global sales reached a record 642,253 (571,577) cars, an increase of 12.4 per cent versus 2017. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars’ finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.

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About Volvo Car Group

Volvo Cars was founded in 1927. Today, it is one of the most well-known and respected premium car brands in the world with sales of 642,253 cars in 2018 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding of China since 2010.

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In 2018, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 43,000 (39,500) full-time employees. Volvo Cars head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company’s main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), South Carolina (US), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skövde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofström (Sweden).

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Under its new company purpose, Volvo Cars aims to provide customers with the Freedom to Move in a personal, sustainable and safe way. This purpose is reflected into a number of business ambitions: by the middle of next decade it aims for half of its global sales to be fully electric cars and to offer half of all cars to customers via its subscription service. By then, it also expects one-third of its cars sold to be autonomous.

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Technology, Corporate, Connectivity, Electrification, XC40

Descriptions and facts in this press material relate to Volvo Cars' international car range. Described features might be optional. Vehicle specifications may vary from one country to another and may be altered without prior notification.
 

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The climate temperature now is much easier to control, just < and >, this is good too. Hope they speed up the fan if we change it to cold or hot.
 

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Wasn't the plan to bring the entire CMA range onto the Android Automotive platform during 2020?

I don't want the EV, but I do want the new system and an XC40.
 

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Wasn't the plan to bring the entire CMA range onto the Android Automotive platform during 2020?

I don't want the EV, but I do want the new system and an XC40.
It will of course. It is just the matter of MY2020 or MY2021.
This Android Sensus is definitely well received and they won't hesitate to push out on more cars, and reduce support cost of old Sensus UI.

The MY2020 XC40 PHEV looks not getting Android UI. So MY2021 is safer bet.
 

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Are they going to bring android update to 2019-2020 XC40s? I doubt it but it would be nice if they could make that update at the dealer. I wonder how much different the tablet is, it at all. I just bought a 2020 XC40.
 

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Are they going to bring android update to 2019-2020 XC40s? I doubt it but it would be nice if they could make that update at the dealer. I wonder how much different the tablet is, it at all. I just bought a 2020 XC40.
I hope they make it a paid upgrade for all previous CMA and SPA models. If priced correctly, many people will jump on it!
 

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Are you guys saying it will be exclusively Android based? - no CarPlay?
The OS is Android and it supports CarPlay, as I read about it in other reports.

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Sorry to pop the balloon, but I don’t see much “new” here. I’m very happy with my Apple CarPlay in my 2020 XC40 RDesign.

Why? Well;
- all my iOS apps, including iTunes, iMessages, iPhone, SiriusXM, Radio, iHeart,... are fully integrated
- my iMessages are read to me, and I respond using voice. My wife prefers my responses from the car as everything I say is added to the text, including exclamation.
- Waze is fully integrated, giving real-time traffic updates.
- Sirius app has crystal clear sound quality, better than over satellite
- Pandora is awesome
- all my iTunes songs are available
- Waze traffic directions and speed trap warnings are fully integrated
- Sensus software and app updates for everything is real-time, except the underlying Volvo engine and car control. I will reserve judgment on how well that works real-time.

The recent iOS 13 updates on my iPhone were amazing for Apple CarPlay support! The XC40 sucked it all up from my iPhone. Guess what? They came real-time! I didn’t have to visit the dealer or do anything!!!

Suckaa ;) Amazing what a Google Marketing team can do with a pig.
 

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Sorry to pop the balloon, but I don’t see much “new” here. I’m very happy with my Apple CarPlay in my 2020 XC40 RDesign.

Why? Well;
- all my iOS apps, including iTunes, iMessages, iPhone, SiriusXM, Radio, iHeart,... are fully integrated
- my iMessages are read to me, and I respond using voice. My wife prefers my responses from the car as everything I say is added to the text, including exclamation.
- Waze is fully integrated, giving real-time traffic updates.
- Sirius app has crystal clear sound quality, better than over satellite
- Pandora is awesome
- all my iTunes songs are available
- Waze traffic directions and speed trap warnings are fully integrated
- Sensus software and app updates for everything is real-time, except the underlying Volvo engine and car control. I will reserve judgment on how well that works real-time.

The recent iOS 13 updates on my iPhone were amazing for Apple CarPlay support! The XC40 sucked it all up from my iPhone. Guess what? They came real-time! I didn’t have to visit the dealer or do anything!!!

Suckaa ;) Amazing what a Google Marketing team can do with a pig.
But you can't control car A/C temperature or radio station from CarPlay. The music streamed on phone and played via Bluetooth sucks in quality. Not to mention many don't use CarPlay or AndroindAuto at all.

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But you can't control car A/C temperature or radio station from CarPlay. The music streamed on phone and played via Bluetooth sucks in quality. Not to mention many don't use CarPlay or AndroindAuto at all.

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You must work for Google. Only explanation possible.

I can control my temperature just fine using Sensus. Slide up / down, or by exact temperature. Both left and right sides, together or separate. I don’t care how it is done underneath. It is FULLY integrated on the interface.

The radio station is set just fine while using CarPlay. All channels are auto searched and presented. I then select my favorites for quick select. HD Radio is perfect. I don’t care how it is done underneath. It is FULLY integrated on the interface.

By the way, Apple CarPlay audio is higher quality than Bluetooth. Any audio fan knows that Bluetooth sound quality sucks. Are you trying to get me to go back to using Bluetooth for good sounding audio? That is downright nuts.

I use CarPlay everyday. Obviously you have not.
 

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You must work for Google. Only explanation possible.

I can control my temperature just fine using Sensus. Slide up / down, or by exact temperature. Both left and right sides, together or separate. I don’t care how it is done underneath. It is FULLY integrated on the interface.

The radio station is set just fine while using CarPlay. All channels are auto searched and presented. I then select my favorites for quick select. HD Radio is perfect. I don’t care how it is done underneath. It is FULLY integrated on the interface.

By the way, Apple CarPlay audio is higher quality than Bluetooth. Any audio fan knows that Bluetooth sound quality sucks. Are you trying to get me to go back to using Bluetooth for good sounding audio? That is downright nuts.

I use CarPlay everyday. Obviously you have not.
Of course not. why the h___ I'd use iPhone. :) Many people are different on this planet.

I am not advocating google but they make it possible to fully integrate Android in car. Apple doesn't do it.

And actually in China, the Android car will not have google apps. They will be using local market apps there, with excellent Chinese voice control. So choices are always possible.

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Of course not. why the h___ I'd use iPhone. :)

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Ahh, now I understand. You’ve never used CarPlay. Everything is clear now.
 

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Ahh, now I understand. You’ve never used CarPlay. Everything is clear now.
I have choices, and Apple is not my choice. Simple.

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AA and Carplay are not the same thing as an integrated, native, OS.

You can like Carplay, and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's not the same as a seamless native platform.
 

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The climate temperature now is much easier to control, just < and >, this is good too. Hope they speed up the fan if we change it to cold or hot.
I suspect the demo car doesn't have multi-zone climate control, and that's why it looks that way. Otherwise, they're adding a step potentially, to set individual zone temps.

"speed up the fan"? What do you have your auto fan speed set to?
 

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The Google maps on instrument cluster looks good. Hopefully there's also better heads up display integration too.

Audi does integrate this without having to go fill Google, guess Volvo was lazy and didnt want to figure it out themselves with the existing SPA Sensus platform

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They are not putting it in because they feel it's worse. It would be nice to have this option for retrofit in at least 20 models, but it isn't going to happen. First xc40 electric and polestar 2, then trickle down to the 21 models across the board.
 

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They are not putting it in because they feel it's worse. It would be nice to have this option for retrofit in at least 20 models, but it isn't going to happen. First xc40 electric and polestar 2, then trickle down to the 21 models across the board.
People keep saying that, but we'll see. My insight was that the original intent was for it to be backwards compatible. (Skip to the last few pages of the "May SW update" thread in the XC90 forum)
 
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