Volvo announced today that it will integrate Google services into its cars’ infotainment system. If the cars are able(and they should) to provide an experience similar to the experience we can have on our phones, this will be a great improvement over traditional infotainment and mapping systems usually available in cars.
Volvo also mentions that it will have real time traffic data, but no mention of the mobile network modules that will be installed on the vehicle. One great advantage of using the Google Maps platform on Android will be future updates to keep the vehicle’s maps up to date easily.
An interesting question is whether the Google Maps from the Volvo car will synchronize with your Google Maps timeline on the phone, and if so, how will it distinguish between potential multiple drivers.
The convenience of sharing an address from your phone contacts directly to your car’s navigation system is certainly something anyone will appreciate.