Habrá una serie de actualizaciones periódicas después de la compra.

En lo que se está convirtiendo en una campaña de intriga sin precedentes Volvo dio a conocer una nueva tecnología que debutará junto al primer vehículo totalmente eléctrico de su historia. Se trata de un sistema telemático totalmente nuevo basado en la tecnología Android, que constituye el primer fruto de la asociación tecnológica entre Google y Geely, el fabricante chino propietario de Volvo. 

Oficialmente conocido como Android Automotive OS, este nuevo sistema de info-entretenimiento integra completamente todas las aplicaciones esenciales, incluidas el Asistente de Google, Google Maps y Google Play Store. Los propietarios de la XC40 podrán descargar nuevas aplicaciones directamente al sistema de la crossover igual que cualquier usuario de un teléfono inteligente.

Galería: Volvo XC40 eléctrica

Con el tiempo, la plataforma será mejorada a medida que Volvo agregue actualizaciones por aire, con más y mejores funciones. El hecho de tener millones de desarrolladores creando y presentando a diario aplicaciones para teléfonos inteligentes en base a Android en todo el mundo, abre la puerta a un gran potencial para que el software de Volvo se perfeccione con los años.

Volvo señala que las futuras actualizaciones de Google Maps no solo mejorarán la experiencia de navegación , sino que también mejorarán el nuevos sistema avanzado de asistencia al conductor, o ADAS por sus siglas en inglés. ADASP representa el conjunto de tecnología de seguridad que utiliza radares, cámaras y sensores ultrasónicos, y con la ayuda de Google, detectando por ejemplo los límites de velocidad en carretera y otros datos esenciales actualizándolos constantemente.

La Volvo XC40, con fecha de estreno programada para el 16 de octubre, vendrá con una cajuela delantera en lugar de un motor de combustión interna. Su diseño exterior es el mismo de la versión regular, pero con una parrilla cerrada pintada en el mismo color que el resto de la carrocería. Un nuevo tono llamado verde Sage, junto rines de aleación de 19 y 20 pulgadas la diferenciarán de la versión estándar, como también lo harán los gráficos especiales relacionados con vehículos eléctricos en el cuadro de instrumentos digitales.

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Fully electric Volvo XC40 introduces brand new infotainment system powered by Android with Google technologies built-in

Volvo Cars is fundamentally rethinking infotainment in the forthcoming fully electric Volvo XC40. Powered by Android, the new infotainment system offers customers unprecedented personalisation, improved levels of intuitiveness and new embedded Google technology and services.

Volvo Car Group is the first company to team up with Google on integrating an infotainment system powered by Android, with the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store built-in. The two companies have been development partners for the past several years.

The new system offers full integration of Android Automotive OS, Google’s open-source Android platform, with real-time updates to services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and automotive apps created by the global developer community.

The electric XC40 is also the first Volvo that will receive software and operating system updates over the air*, placing Volvo Cars at the forefront of automotive connected services. The fully electric XC40 will keep evolving and improving over time, rather than it being at its peak when it leaves the factory.

“We are finally giving you the same experience in your car that you’re used to on your phone, but adapted for safe interaction while driving,” says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. “And by introducing over-the-air updates for everything from maintenance to completely new features, the car can stay as fresh as your other digital products, always with the latest and greatest features.”

One of the best features of Android Automotive OS is that it is an Android operating system familiar to millions of developers, tailored to run in the car. Technology and services created by Google and Volvo Cars developers are embedded in the car, while additional music and media apps optimised and adapted for cars will be available through the Google Play Store.

The Google Assistant allows customers to get things done using just their voice for in-car functions such as controlling temperature, setting a destination, playing their favourite music and podcasts on apps like Spotify, and keeping in touch by for example sending messages.

This integration contributes to reducing driver distraction, helping drivers keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The Google Assistant also allows you to interact with your smart-home devices from your Volvo car.

Google Maps will be able to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time, keeping drivers informed about upcoming traffic situations and proactively suggesting alternative routes, as well as suggesting the nearest charging station en route.

This same rich and fresh map data will be used to improve the capabilities of the XC40’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) by providing important information such as speed limits and curves in the road to the car.

Volvo Cars also continues to develop software and connected services, using its growing force of software engineers and its digital services platform Volvo On Call.

For example, the new infotainment system will be fully integrated with Volvo On Call, offering new features such as monitoring battery status and charging levels.

Volvo On Call classics such as pre-heating your car on a cold winter’s day, finding your car in a large parking lot, remote locking and unlocking and car sharing via a digital key are also included.

The fully electric XC40 will be first shown to the public on October 16.