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Volvo's first EV will run native Android

[2019.10.09, Wed 20:05] Volvo is one week away from unveiling the first EV under its own brand, an all-electric version of the company's popular XC40 SUV. On Wednesday, the Swedish automaker said the car will mark another first, too: it will be the first Volvo car with an infotainment system built on Google's new embedded Android Automotive software. We've known for more than two years that Volvo was working on integrating Android into its cars. Now, this won't necessarily be the first car with embedded Android, nor will it be the first all-electric in the wider Volvo Group. Volvo's XC40 is a more affordable, higher-volume car that will reach more customers. The deep integration of Android will allow drivers and passengers to use Google Assistant to change things like climate settings, and it will also enable over-the-air updates that can add new features or address some maintenance issues, according to Volvo. While all of this added functionality will make for a different experience compared to what is currently available inside a Volvo car, the new infotainment system will still look familiar to anyone who's used the automaker's existing Sensus software. Beyond Volvo, Google's also signed up big names like General Motors and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
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