Trevor Collett | May 16, 2017

Volvo has announced a partnership with tech giant Google to push better connectivity with Google’s Android brand.

The Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker says the next generation of in-car connectivity and infotainment will heavily feature Android usability, including a “wide array of apps and services”.

Besides Volvo and Google-developed apps, the system will also invite third parties to develop their own apps to better the in-car experience.

“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership,” Volvo’s Henrik Green said.

“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.”

Volvo said a partnership with Google was the best way forward, as cars become more ‘connected’ and such partnerships become increasingly necessary.

The Android system, says Volvo, provides the best platform to fast-track improvements in the connected car experience.

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

“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.”

Tech fans won’t have to wait long to see results from the partnership, with Volvo promising to roll out the new system within two years.

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