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Volvo to feature built-in Google Maps

Volvo will integrate apps including Google Maps into its next-generation infotainment system, as the carmaker moves to Android software.

Volvo Cars Android Sensus

The new Sensus system will use Google’s Android software.

Due for launch within a couple of years, the next version of Sensus will be based on Google’s Android operating system, offering over-the-air updates similar to a mobile phone or tablet.

This will also introduce the Google Play Store, and apps including Google Maps with its real-time traffic information and more regularly updated maps, plus Google Assistant voice control for media and in-car functions.

Volvo Cars is also beginning trials of new technology which will anonymously share vehicles’ location data when hazard warning lights are engaged. This will be tested in Sweden and Norway, with cars sharing aggregated data with a third-party company for the first time – in this case, former sister brand, Volvo Trucks – to forewarn drivers about hazards ahead.

FIND OUT MORE: To discover how Volvo’s connected car technology can benefit your fleet, visit The Fleet Show at Silverstone on 9 May. Click here to register for free.

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.