Volvo adds Google Assistant and YouTube integration to its cars

Google Assistant | Photo: Volvo

  • Control Google Home devices from the car and vice versa

  • Volvo adds Youtube to keep passengers entertained during breaks

Volvo has just announced that it will be the first carmaker to integrate its cars directly into Google Assistant, in an approach that provides more connected services for the home and vehicle. This also means that soon you will have access to YouTube in your Volvo. The automaker has also started checking out its self-driving feature, the Ride Pilot, which may give you more time to watch these viral clips.

Google Assistant integration means you’ll be able to use Google Home devices to control car functions, such as climate control and unlocking. It will also allow you to control home appliances such as a Nest thermostat or other connected home services (Does your car answer the doorbell?). The system will be rolled out to all Android-powered Volvo cars in the coming months, and Volvo says features will be upgraded over time.

YouTube integration | Photo: Volvo

Volvo is working with Qualcomm for the next generation of processors, which means these systems will run on a much faster infotainment system that the automaker says will provide a best-in-class experience.

The collaboration with Google will also allow YouTube to be added to Volvos via Google Play. Volvo suggests charging breaks are a great time to watch a clip or two, in addition to the time you spend waiting to take it out. Nowadays, just standing somewhere to sit and watch for an hour is a lot of fun.

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For now, Volvo says it will only allow playback when it’s stopped, but with the introduction of the Ride Pilot to users in California, that could quickly change.

Ride Pilot is Volvo’s fully autonomous driving platform, which Volvo says is currently undergoing verification in Europe and the US on real roads. Volvo says “real unsupervised autonomous driving” will be introduced in California before other markets. The system uses Luminar’s LiDar technology, standard on Volvo’s “next all-electric SUV” to be revealed later this year, and software from Zenseact. The functionality will still need approval from the authorities before it can be activated for customers.

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