All new Volvo car models are now available with over-the-air (OTA) software update capability, a key technology to deliver on Volvo Cars’ ambition of making customers’ cars continuously better and cementing its position as one of the industry leaders when it comes to updating car software over the air. The OTA capability now comes to the latest XC90, S60 and V60 models, and follows the technology’s introduction on Volvo Cars’ fully electric cars. This means that the company’s full portfolio can now receive an update of the car’s complete operating system over the air.
Volvo owners will get an upgrade of their infotainment system to the latest version of Android Automotive OS, Android™ 11. They will also get access to new app categories on Google Play, including navigation, charging and parking, while video streaming is expected to be added later in the year.
Furthermore, the latest OTA update brings feature improvements, ranging from better energy management through improved climate timers, and updates to mobile app functionality and in-car applications. The energy management improvements help to maintain battery performance during both cold and warm days, boosting driving range. The Volvo Cars app also receives more frequent updates from the car on the charging percentage during an ongoing session.
FOLLOWING THAT TESLA TRAIL
“By making all Volvo models able to receive over-the-air updates, we make important progress towards our ambition of making our customers’ cars better every day,” said Henrik Green, Chief Product Officer at Volvo Cars. “This is a significant milestone: we’re now updating cars of all models in a majority of our markets, bringing the benefits of remote continuous updates to an ever-increasing number of customers.”
Through in-house development of software and OTA updates, Volvo Cars continuously adds new features and improves existing functionalities.
Since the beginning of last year, Volvo Cars has been offering OTA updates on a regular basis in the majority of Volvo markets, and the company expects the volume of cars covered by such updates to grow with every new update.