Two Swedish brands--Volvo Cars and telecommunications firm Ericsson--are joining forces to "advance the technical development of industry-leading innovations for automotive Internet services."
Volvo's knowledge in driver behavior and traffic security requirements, together with Ericsson's consulting and systems integration expertise, will be used to define and select the services for the carmaker's new Sensus Connected Touch system.
These include the Connected Vehicle Cloud based on Ericsson's multiservice delivery platform, which will provide infotainment, apps and communication services in future Volvo cars that drivers and passengers will benefit from.
According to Volvo, the car has a natural role in the networked society, and anyone who benefits from connecting to the car will have the possibility to do so. Once the feature and the service go into production, it will cover all Volvo car markets around the globe and will be run as a managed service by Ericsson.
"We clearly see that cars in the near future will integrate the same level of digital services that consumers today are used to have in their homes or at work," said Volvo Cars senior vice president for product strategy and vehicle line management Lex Kerssemakers. "This is a strategically important part of Volvo's investments for the future where we intend to take a leading position."
Though the Volvo-Ericsson partnership is focused on the rapid development of Volvo's future stand-alone scalable product architecture platform, the connected car services will roll out in all new Volvo cars beforehand "in order to position Volvo with industry-leading solutions and services."
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