Volvo Cars and YouTube collaborate on in-car streaming

YouTube video streaming is on its way for everyone Volvomodels with built-in Google infotainment, reflecting the continuation of the partnership between Volvo Cars and Google.

YouTube will thus become Volvo’s first video platform for download from Google Play and more will follow.

In an electric car, there may be a need for charging stops on longer trips – and with video streaming as an option, the charging break can be used to enjoy live streaming, news, shows or your latest favorite video.

Basically, Volvo Cars does not compromise on safety and will only make video playback possible while the car is stationary.

“Giving our customers the opportunity to watch videos while their car is charging or while they are waiting to pick up their children from school is part of our commitment to make their lives easier and better,” says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer at Volvo Cars. “With YouTube and other major streaming services on the way, our customers can enjoy their charging stop instead of experiencing it as an annoyance, thus making electric car ownership a little more comfortable and easier.”

The partnership between Volvo Car Group and Google started when Volvo Car Group announced that it would be the first to integrate an Android-controlled infotainment system with Google apps and services.

In addition to video playback, Volvo Cars and Google announce today that customers will soon be able to download navigation apps like Sygic and Flitsmeister, charging apps like Chargepoint and Plugshare and parking apps like SpotHero and ParkWhiz in the areas where they are available. Volvo Cars already offers the EasyPark app in all cars with the Google Infotainment system.

The digital living room moves into the car

The introduction of video streaming coincides with the announcement that Volvo Cars aims for seamless integration of devices that have Google Assistant, which basically turns the company’s cars into smart devices. The integration with Google Assistant devices and the introduction of YouTube means that the car acts as an extension of the driver’s digital living room.

Combined with a premium sound system that can compete with many systems in the home, and Volvo’s relaxed interior with noise reduction and comfortable seating, the car functions as an extra personal living room without interruption. As Volvo Cars’ offer also includes unlimited data, customers can watch YouTube for as long as they wish. *

“The car is a great place to enjoy video and audio, so I would not be surprised if it means people spend more time in their Volvos, even when they are not driving anywhere,” concludes Henrik Green.

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