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Volvo and Google to build smart cars together

Volvo and Google are teaming up to develop the next generation of Volvo's in-car connectivity. Two of the world's largest tech companies, Volvo and Google are looking to incorporate Android into their cars with a wide range of apps and services. 

The mission established by the partnership is to revolutionise how Volvo customers engage and interact with their cars. The large catalogue of popular Android apps which will be developed by Google, Volvo, or third party developers will offer connected and predictive services in and around the car.

The new technology is expected to be available for new Volvo models within two years.

Henrik Green, senior VP of research and development at Volvo, says that the partnership is all about looking forward.

“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalisation possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective,” he says.

Volvo’s partnership with Google reflects the increase in marriage between the automotive and technology industries as cars become smarter and more connected. Volvo believes smart partnerships are the future for the car industry.

Using Android as the base operating system will increase speed and flexibility in development and offer its customers the ability to personalise the connected in-car experience.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars,” said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Android Engineering at Google.

“This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services.”

“With the advent of Android we will embrace a rich ecosystem while keeping our iconic Volvo user interface. We will offer hundreds of popular apps and the best integrated experience in this broad, connected environment,” said Henrik Green.

Volvo is also working with Google on another initiative to update recent Volvo models by adding Google Local Search, a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.

Further details on the partnership and Android OS will be announced at Google’s annual tech show, Google I/O on May 17.

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