2015 VOLVO XC90
The teaser train for Volvo’s new XC90 continues to chug along this week, as the carmaker releases detailed visuals of the SUV’s infotainment system.
It’s not the sort of thing one expects to be a major feature in the lead-up to a new model’s unveiling, but Volvo appears particularly proud of its evolved ‘Sensus’ system.
Now integrated with Apple’s new CarPlay technology, the system promises a logical layout that Volvo says “will become part of your muscle memory very quickly”.
As with other new models on the market today, the XC90’s Sensus system sees many of the traditional switches and dials replaced with on-screen controls.
“The phone controls, application icons and climate controls are located low, comfortable to reach and touch. All of this logic is based on extensive usability and user experience research and the latest technology,” Volvo’s Dr Peter Mertens says.
The system is controlled largely by touch, although it will be integrated with a heads-up display at the windscreen and a large adaptive digital instrument cluster, with controls in the steering wheel.
Apple’s CarPlay system is also featured, offering advanced connectivity with iPad, iPhone and iPod devices through the large centre display.
Other features will include an online cloud storage and connectivity system developed by Ericsson, along with a Bowers & Wilkins audio package and Nokia’s HERE navigation system.