Owners of a Volvo with the Google infotainment system will soon be able to benefit from the YouTube and Prime Video applications, with a remote software update.
For two years, Volvo has on board its latest models a new infotainment system embedded based on an Android system, in partnership with Google.
Just like the American giant’s smartphones, this new infotainment system includes Google applications and services, such as the Google Assistant voice assistant, connected GPS navigation from Google Maps, with traffic information and real-time updates, as well as numerous native in-car applications available for download on Google Play, optimized for use in Volvo vehicles.
This infotainment system is connected, which allows it to benefit from remote software updates (or OTA for « Over The Air »), in order to keep the system up to date, add new features, or correct possible bugs and malfunctions.
The Swedish manufacturer has just unveiled a brand new software update for its infotainment system, which will be gradually deployed from September 18, 2023: this is offered on all Volvo vehicles worldwide that are equipped with the infotainment system. Google infotainment, excluding China, South Korea and Vietnam. Approximately 650,000 vehicles of the brand are concerned.
“Access to services like Prime Video and YouTube in our cars adds to the ever-growing list of software and apps that improve the lives of our drivers”declared Erik Severinson, Global Program Manager for New Cars at Volvo: “We are keeping the promise we made: to offer cars that evolve with our customers over time. »
In detail, users of the latest Volvos will now be able to access entertainment and video streaming services, with the integration of Prime Video in the suite of applications to download on Google Play, while the application YouTube will also soon be available for all Volvos equipped with a Google infotainment system.
For obvious security reasons, access to video streaming services on board a Volvo will only be possible when the car is stationary.
The service will be available from September 18, 2023 as a pre-installed application, and will be gradually deployed with remote updating on all compatible models.
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