Volvo says it will be the first automaker to offer direct Google Home integration in its cars. You will be able to control certain functions remotely via the Google Assistant. You might ask your phone to lock the doors or ask a smart speaker to start heating your car while you’re getting ready to leave the house.
Two-factor authentication is needed for “more sensitive commands”, such as opening doors. You can also find out information about your car through the Google Assistant.
More features will be added later, such as the option to schedule shipping. Volvo will roll out Google Home integration in the coming months. To use it, you’ll need an Android infotainment system connected to the Volvo Cars app and a Google Assistant-enabled device.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen integration with connected platforms in cars. GM and BMW owners can control smart home devices from cars that have Alexa built in, while Samsung and Google have brought in a SmartThings dashboard for some models with Android Auto. With that said, Google Home is one of the most popular home connected platforms. If you have a smart speaker with Google Assistant enabled, these features can come in handy.
In addition, YouTube will be the first video streaming service on Volvo’s infotainment system. You will be able to download the app from the Play Store. The automaker offers unlimited data in certain markets, so you may be able to watch as many videos as you want without worrying about breaching your data allowance.
For safety reasons, you will only be able to watch YouTube videos on the screen when the vehicle is stationary. This will ensure Volvo avoids the kind of controversy that Tesla was embroiled in recently, when it was revealed that the games were playable on the infotainment system while the car was in motion. The company said it would disable that option after NHTSA said it was looking into the matter.
Other applications that Volvo owners will soon be able to download to their infotainment system include Sygic and Flitsmeister navigation; Charging ChargePoint and Plugshare apps; and parking services SpotHero and ParkWhiz.
Earlier this week, Volvo announced that it will use Qualcomm’s vehicle chipset to power the infotainment systems of the Polestar 3 and its upcoming electric vehicle. The automaker claims that the Snapdragon Cockpit will make systems twice as responsive and faster.
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