Volvo is already receiving software updates over the air
Written by Daniel Andzhurov – April 13, 2022
Reviewed by Kfir Kedem
Volvo's new car models are now available with the ability to update software over the air (OTA). A key technology to meet Volvo Cars’ ambition to make customers’ cars better. Additionally, the OTA will strengthen Volvo’s position as one of the industry leaders, reaching up to more than 190,000 customers in 34 markets worldwide.
Customers of the premium brand will see their infotainment systems updated to the latest version of Android Automotive OS – Android ™ 11 – with the OTA update, which will be released this week. They will also have access to new applications on Google Play, including navigation.
The Volvo Cars infotainment system has been developed in collaboration with Google and provides Volvo customers with a user-friendly interface, unparalleled connectivity, and access to well-known applications and services. New updates improve power management features, which help maintain proper battery temperatures on both cold and warm days. This will help with increasing driving range and reducing charging time.
"By allowing all Volvo models to receive updates over the air, we are making significant progress towards our ambition to make our customers' cars better every day," said Henrik Green, company’s Chief Product Officer.
Auto Trendy’s take:
It is great to see yet another car manufacturer shifting into the act of allowing its vehicle updates to be done from a distance. We, at Auto Trendy, believe that the ability to do OTA updates will become a key competitive advantage amongst car makers. What is more, we even think that it will be a must-have for a company to do in order to keep its market positions in a world that is fully going into digitalization and electrification.