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Volvos Will Soon Come With Google Assistant

Volvo Cars has announced it will embed Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.

The next generation of Sensus will run on Android, so new apps and software updates will be available in real time and can be automatically applied. Drivers will have access to apps and services developed by Google and Volvo Cars, as well as thousands of additional apps available through the Google Play Store.

“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

The voice-controlled Google Assistant allows drivers to take charge of in-car functions, such as air conditioning, and use apps to play music and send messages while still being able to keep their eyes on the road at all times.

Google Maps will also provide map and traffic data in real time, informing drivers of upcoming traffic situations and suggesting alternative routes.

“The Google partnership is an important strategic alliance for Volvo Cars,” Green said. “The Android platform, Google services and Google’s working relationship with app developers in-house and worldwide will help us further improve the Volvo car experience.”

This is just the latest partnership for Volvo, which late last year announced that it inked a deal with Uber to sell it tens of thousands of self-driving compatible vehicles from 2019 through 2021.

“The automotive industry is being disrupted by technology, and Volvo Cars chose to be an active part of that disruption,” said Håkan Samuelsson, president and chief executive of Volvo. “Our aim is to be the supplier of choice for AD ride-sharing service providers globally. Today’s agreement with Uber is a primary example of that strategic direction.”

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