Electrical XC40 will debut Volvo’s next-gen infotainment

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The electrical model of the Volvo’s XC40 debuting on October 16 would be the first to function the Swedish automaker’s next-generation infotainment system.

The brand new system will probably be powered by an automotive-specific model of Google’s Android working system and embody widespread apps equivalent to Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Retailer—full with real-time updates.

Volvo will nonetheless have its personal interface with distinctive graphics and menus, in addition to its personal apps operating alongside these from Google and third events. The identical system, albeit with a Polestar interface, has already been introduced for the Polestar 2 sport sedan arriving in 2020.

Teaser for electrical Volvo XC40 debuting on October 16, 2019

“We’re lastly giving you an identical expertise in your automotive that you simply’re used to in your cellphone, however tailored for protected interplay whereas driving,” stated Henrik Inexperienced, chief know-how officer at Volvo.

Google Assistant and Google Maps will probably be significantly helpful for house owners. Google Assistant will allow voice management of quite a few capabilities, equivalent to controlling the local weather settings, discovering a vacation spot, enjoying music, or dialing a pal. In the meantime, with Google Maps you will have maps up to date in real-time, together with information on visitors and velocity restrict modifications.

Volvo stated the Google Maps information streams will even be built-in with new self-driving options to be launched on the electrical XC40. The self-driving options have been developed by Zenuity, the self-driving know-how three way partnership established in 2017 by Volvo and Swedish automotive provider Autoliv.

Electric Volvo XC40's powertrain

Electrical Volvo XC40’s powertrain

The brand new infotainment system will even be built-in with Volvo’s personal Volvo On Name app that provides distant capabilities, equivalent to pre-heating the automotive, finding it in a car parking zone, and even sharing it by way of a digital key. Some new options with the electrical XC40 will probably be monitoring for battery standing and cost ranges.

Google first introduced plans for an Android infotainment system in 2016. The tech big says the profit to automakers in utilizing its OS is that they’ll not be tasked with having to constantly develop their very own techniques for widespread options equivalent to connectivity and navigation, thus serving to to scale back complexity and prices. A typical OS additionally gives benefits for communication with different vehicles on the street, which will probably be essential for a future with self-driving vehicles.

As for the electrical XC40, we all know the car may have a battery within the flooring, an electrical motor at every axle for all-wheel drive, and a frunk. Volvo hasn’t offered any specs however the electrical XC40 is predicted to supply round 250 miles of vary, doubtless measured utilizing extra lenient requirements than the EPA.