Geneva Motor Show has been the platform for some major announcements and attractions from many automobile companies around the world. Volvo announced its partnership with Spotify as it launched a voice-controlled in-car application as a part of its new Sensus Connected Touch system, which will be heading to Volvo cars this year.
The app showcased at the Geneva Motor Show allows the driver to use any smartphone’s internet connection to stream Spotify with voice-controls and steering controls permitting the user to give instructions to change tracks, choose artists and select playlists. The Sensus system is based on Android, which means that it will update easily and provide complete access to Google Maps, Google mail and an internet browser.
The app also provides support in times of trouble as it displays the list of Volvo specialists and their contact details. Apps can also be duplicated from the smartphone up onto the cars display using a dedicated application. Volvo also displayed another technology at the Geneva Motor Show, which reduces the speed of the vehicle in situations of impending collision.
The new system from Volvo detects cyclists and slows down the car to reduce the damage. The system is reportedly not designed to stop accidents, but reduce the impact, which is a result of high speeds. The system is referred to be as an extension of the pedestrian detection systems.
The technology used by Volvo makes use of a radar mounted in the grille of the car to detect the proximity of objects, and a camera in the back of the rear view mirror to determine what the objects actually are. What do you think of these two developments by Volvo?