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06:05  10 october  2019
06:05  10 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Share All sharing options for: Volvo ’ s first EV will run native Android . We’ve known for more than two years that Volvo was working on integrating Android into its cars. In fact, Google showed off an early version of the software running on a gas-powered XC40 at its 2018 I/O conference.

Google has been pushing Android Auto as a native option for infotainment systems with some carmakers, and Volvo has several with the platform. Today, the company has confirmed that its upcoming Volvo XC40 EV will be using native Android Auto.

a close up of a car© Images: Volvo

Volvo is one week away from unveiling the first EV under its own brand, an all-electric version of the company’s popular XC40 SUV. On Wednesday, the Swedish automaker said the car will mark another first, too: it will be the first Volvo car with an infotainment system built on Google’s new embedded Android Automotive software.

That means the new electric XC40 will come with features and apps like Google Assistant and Google Maps built in, with no need for an Android smartphone. The SUV’s infotainment system will also have access to the Play Store, allowing owners to download apps that Google’s approved for automotive use.

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Volvo and Google have teamed up for a new Android - running infotainment system that'll debut in With millions of developers coming out with software for Android - running smartphones on a daily The electric XC40 is also the first Volvo that will receive software and operating system updates over

While the new all-electric Volvo XC40 still hasn’t been officially shown to the public, Volvo has been keeping us well-updated with all the cool shit the new EV will And that includes introducing Android Automotive OS, a brand-new operating system that debuts on this car designed to level up Volvo ’ s

Built-in maps, assistant, and Play Store — no phone required

We’ve known for more than two years that Volvo was working on integrating Android into its cars. In fact, Google showed off an early version of the software running on a gas-powered XC40 at its 2018 I/O conference. Now, this won’t necessarily be the first car with embedded Android, nor will it be the first all-electric in the wider Volvo Group. Volvo’s performance sub-brand Polestar has claimed both of those titles with its Polestar 2 EV, which is slated to go on sale in 2020. But Volvo’s XC40 is a more affordable, higher-volume car that will reach more customers.

a car on the phone

The deep integration of Android will allow drivers and passengers to use Google Assistant to change things like climate settings, and it will also enable over-the-air updates that can add new features or address some maintenance issues, according to Volvo. And yes, Google and Volvo’s system will allow people to plug their iPhones in and use Apple CarPlay.

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Volvo showcased an XC40 running the new version of its Sensus infotainment system, which is now built on top of Android P. It features an updated UI with four menu bars that you can slide to reveal more control modules. There’ s also a built-in Google Assistant button on the steering wheel

Volvo ' s electric XC40 will represent an upgrade to in-cabin tech, not just the powerplant. The automaker has continued its teaser campaign for the EV by revealing that it will use an infotainment system based on Android Automotive, just like the cars from its Polestar performance brand.

While all of this added functionality will make for a different experience compared to what is currently available inside a Volvo car, the new infotainment system will still look familiar to anyone who’s used the automaker’s existing Sensus software.

That’s one of the main goals of this whole partnership model Google’s pursuing. The tech giant provides a reliable software backbone, which each automaker gets to develop and brand to their liking. Beyond Volvo, Google’s also signed up big names like General Motors and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. It’s a far cry from a few years ago when automakers were so hesitant to let tech companies take over any small slice of the in-car experience that many slow-rolled their initial adoptions of Android Auto and CarPlay.

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