Google and Volvo to Partner for Developing Android Infotainment System
Google and Volvo Cars are joining resources and forming a partnership in a bid to develop an infotainment system that will be based on the Android operating system.
Volvo cars said in a statement on Monday that the Android-based system will be made available in the vehicles in the next two years. The system will offer Android applications for a variety of services. The main motive behind the partnership is to enable the apps in the vehicles without actually connecting a smartphone, something that is currently required for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The system may be developed by Volvo, Google or a third party.
The current Volvo models support both, Android Auto and Apple Carplay. The new infotainment system will have support for Apple Carplay.
According to Henrik Green, Sr VP(R&D) Volvo,” While the usage of Android will offer an increase in flexibility from the development perspective, the Google’s services and the platform will help in enhancing the user experience because of more personalization possibilities.”
Google showcased its Android-based infotainment system in January at CES, which has developed in collaboration with Panasonic and Qualcomm. The system is being used in Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Uconnect infotainment system.