Volvo And Google Extend Partnership For VolvoCars.OS

It is integrating more closely with OEMs and creating a more unique and customized experience.

By Sahil Gupta


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Published on July 1, 2021

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  • The partnership will enable a more integrated experience
  • Volvo is basically extending its partnership with Google
  • It will also make Volvo cars smarter and safer

Volvo and Google have announced that they are extending their partnership for Android Automotive which will not hook into a new user experience that the Swedish brand is developing called VolvoCars.OS. VolvoCars.OS uses an assortment of operating systems be it Android Automotive, QNX, and Linux. But the big deal is that it will hook into the cloud, or Android Automotive in its electric cars, and will also have a new front end for in-car displays. 

This is a more integrated approach mirroring what Google is doing with its other platform - wearOS on the smartwatch platform which is now merging with Samsung's Tizen OS or even on the phone with its partnership with Reliance Jio in India for the Jio Phone Next. It is integrating more closely with OEMs and creating a more unique and customized experience. 

Of course, on the car, especially on Volvo's cars, which are known the world over for their safety. This new UI is going to optimize safety. As always, this starts with a high-resolution infotainment screen and even a heads-up display, and everything will be available through voice, embedding the Google Assistant at the heart of the experience. Volvo and Google are already doing this, but what they will probably end up making is something more unique for Volvo than something stock that makes every Android Automotive car feel the same. 


Volvo XC40 Electric Android Infotainment System

"Our teams have spent a lot of time with Google to further develop and improve our user experience for the next generation of Volvo Cars," said Henrik Green, chief technology officer, Volvo. 

"Especially in terms of safety, serenity, and simplicity, we have made great strides thanks to a deeper integration of design and technological development. We are convinced that it will allow us to create even better Volvo cars and set a new industry standard," he added. 

Of course, these cars will also integrate better with mobile phones and the phone will act like a key leveraging a car key feature that Google unveiled at Google IO earlier this year. Volvo will also have an app that will connect you to everything else that comes with owning a modern electric car, the company claims in an official release. 

It is building features for paying for charging and connecting the with home devices and also pre-cooling and preheating the vehicle remotely. All these cars will also support OTA updates, but that's something that has become a standard-issue these days with connected cars. 


Last Updated on July 1, 2021

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