Volvo cars, in addition to more than 20 other automakers, has joined the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) - a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars. The integration of Android Auto promises to add yet another dimension to the Volvo in-car experience. Android Auto brings features and services familiar to Android smartphone and tablet users directly in the car via the large centre console touch screen display.
The interaction between Android Auto and Volvo's brand new user interface transforms the look and feel of a car's interior. Future Volvo cars' interiors will be characterised by their high-tech simplicity and functionality.
Android Auto will provide access to Google services including, search, maps and Play Music and specially adapted third party applications, such as Spotify. All phone based applications can be controlled via voice, steering wheel controls or the touch screen interface - for a safe an easy interaction.
Volvo's portrait touch screen provides users with the benefit of having both Volvo Cars and Android Auto content on the screen simultaneously, removing the need to switch between car and Android phone screens.
Android Auto will be available on all new Volvo automobiles based on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), starting with the all new XC90, due to be publically revealed at this upcoming Paris Motor Show. In addition, Volvo will also include Apple CarPlay interoperability in all new models based on the new Scalable Product Architecture.