Volvo is all set to announce its fully electric SUV, the Volvo XC40, on 16th of this month. It has been teasing details about the same for some time now. It will be the first Volvo car to run on electricity.
Volvo XC40 known features
After already revealing the presence of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) and hinting at a few subtle design changes in the upcoming SUV, Volvo has now announced that the XC40 will use an infotainment system based on Android Automotive operating system, Google’s open source platform for the automobile industry.
Android Automotive on XC40
Deploying Android in the car provides easy access to various Google services including Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Play Store. Moreover, this also enables the Volvo XC40 to receive over-the-air (OTA) updates for its core software, just like one would update their smartphone by connecting to the internet.
In terms of safety, the data from Google Maps will be utilized to improve driver assistance by identifying curves on the road and permissible speed limits.
To quote Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Cars,
“We are finally giving you the same experience in your car that you’re used to on your phone but adapted for safe interaction while driving. And by introducing over-the-air updates for everything from maintenance to completely new features, the car can stay as fresh as your other digital products, always with the latest and greatest features.”
Other details regarding the range, availability, and price of the Volvo XC40 will be revealed when it is officially launched.
And now we wait.
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