Google and Volvo built an Android-powered car

by birtanpublished on September 19, 2020

He looks cute guys is a quote and release here at Google i/o 2017 I want to see what Volvo had in store as they've teamed up with Google to integrate Android into their infotainment system so let's go ahead and check it out

So what we have here this is a V 90 cross country on vehicle from Volvo and this is an Android operating system running in the vehicle powering the infotainment so in this case we had Android auto before where you take the

Phone you plug it in and you kind of get the projecting from the phone in this instance this is literally Android operating system in the car with all the applications powering the infotainment so I'm going to walk you a little bit

Through this so you can kind of get a feeling for how this functions in the car and what are the features that we want to enable for the users so they can basically navigate the road safely if you will and comfortably while having

The ability to access the application and the world around so this is the census UI which is Volvo's um they've taken it on the top of the Android operating system and as you can see has a couple of

Different functions the status bar which is normally what we would find on Android on top of giving you signal strength giving you time and etc on the bottom we have the HVAC and these are the kinds of features that you would

Normally find in a car this group should always be accessible so for example if we were to turn on the air conditioning a few seconds the air conditioning is going to start turning on and we'll see the air blowing on through the vents ah

This is controlled fully for Android has been developed in Android by Moulton if we turn it off we'll see the air stops going through if we swipe to the left there's a slew of features that that are going to be built for the

Vehicle such as we have experience are holding charging on headrests fold and etc if we go to the right you get access to the complications and in this case we have Spotify pocket cast Maps Pandora inaudible just to name a few

Now this is the home screen if you were to start a car again and the home screen that you would see here has four tiles on navigation music phone on and the third-party application studio in this case the reason why these are on a home

Screen is because normally user cares about these kinds of things while they're driving so for navigation in this case we have Google Maps as we can see these are normally Google Maps that you would put

Would find on your phone except they'd be a little bit modified to kind of fit into this vehicle meaning it's a night night mode team if you will arm but you also get access to things like if you were to you know if we were to run out

Of gas and we click on categories let's try this again there we go and you would to load up gas stations you would get all the gas stations that are located around you the price in each one how far is it and etc and all of these things

Are also available on the phone so if you were to search something when your phone for example I was going to the hardware store you would get things like time until it's open navigation how long it gets there and etc which is really

Nice because if you use the phone map or maps on the phone you get into a car Google managers continue to function directly in your view correct rate secondary's third-party applications on in this case we have pocket cast if we

Were to start playing it are there we go it starts there we can see that the speakers that are playing you can control it using the hardware buttons as we can see on the bottom if you press pause it's going to pause it so playing

We also see the standard of Mali apart you'll always find an Android and also things like steering wheel buttons in this case you can control volume we're steering wheel buttons which is also really really nice because

As a user while you're driving and focusing on the road you might not want to focus on the screen over here it's very ultra Pony applications are using media browser and media session api's which means they don't have to design

The template we just basically send a metadata to the car and then Volvo bated respect few things for example as you can see the respect the icons for the applications in this case like audible who has their own icon if we were to

Load up on pocket casts we see the pocket cast icon also the library that we see over here this all comes from the pocket cast themselves which is important on the same thing if we do Spotify will see that the library comes

Actually from the Spotify itself so these are also the phone itself is probably could only feature that we have connected to the actual phone through bluetooth why when you come into the car a lot of people's phone numbers buy

Directly to their to their phone but we have things for example through PDF 1.6 we can see the lot of the icons meaning these are the you can see who it is you could also get the names recent phone calls and we keep calling the same

Person and ahead words and through it it is something but you also get things like if we close this you can also dial so I mean this is a functional system so nice ah you know if we do this and we dialogue we'll see that it's actually

Using the phone to dial out the ringing so the last thing that we did not demo yet is how do you assistant while in a car also the key note there was a lot of talk about assistant as a platform meaning how do we bring actions on

Google how do we bring the developers to develop a lot of different things and how do we make assistant available across surfaces so what are the things that we did was we did integrative systems in this vehicle which does a

Couple of different things one is control a track via your voice um and I'll demonstrate that and the second one is demonstrating how it controls potential your home devices in this case we have nest thermostat lights and a

Couple of different things the Philips hue lights um so the good news is developers only developed for assistant all we did was bring assistant into the vehicle and everything just functions via cloud so

If we would do the simple things like okay Google turn the lights in the living room off you got it turning to light no and I know this is usually hard to capture on camera but turnout I'll do it one more

Time okay Google turn the lights and delivering room odd okay turning to lights on and we can see that it turned on so this is all purely through cloud and connectivity so this is not something that all we did via

Bluetooth which is because the things are close to each other so you could do this while you on the road as we talked to the keynote we can also recognize people's voices and these recognize people's voices what that means that we

Can know who's speaking and the kids in the back are not gonna play around with your lights you can also do things like change the temperatures you can say okay google change the temperature in my living room to 75 degrees and you're

Going to see the master massage or living room it's going to basically turn on and start changing the temperature to what it is um so other things we can do is we can do for example things like change the temperature in the car using

Natural voice if you will so we can say okay google make it cooler in the car sure they're running the air conditioning on so we can see their condition in this point has turned on and we usually make it cooler and I'm

Going to talk about like even when it's loud like this we can we can see the okay Google or twelve so turn it already recognize this okay Google make it warmer in the car so one of the things we're working on

With the partners is to really kind of think even simple things like turning the air conditioning on and off how it functions meaning people want to make it cooler they want to make it warmer in the car they don't want to necessarily

Set it to 65 degrees right right and as you have multiple passengers and multiple people in a car we can recognize from which see the person is talking to and we can actually decide what does it mean for the person to make

It cooler or make it warmer so if you have multiple functions you might say hey in order to make this person warmer we might turn the for example their seat on and warm them that way rather than turning everything like air conditioning

And everything in the car right so with that that concludes the demonstration and one last thing it's a little bit of a challenge I want you to sell me on this idea in one sentence so one sentence you're going to be able to use

All the applications you want in the car in a safe efficient manner at any time the way you would normally do anywhere cool like that excellent so what do you guys think is this something that you'd want in your

Car what do you think of this software and are you looking forward to more manufacturers teaming up with Google but anyways that does it for this video I hope you guys enjoyed it I'll talk to you guys later and thanks for watching

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