Volvo will debut a redesigned line-up including a new XC70 crossover and S80 sedan in Geneva next month, as well as the automaker’s new Sensus Connected Touch infotainment display with– get this– an infrared, beam-scanned touchscreen display you can use while wearing gloves.
In a press release, Volvo claimed the touchscreen would be the first of its kind in the automotive industry, noting that the ability to operate the screen while wearing gloves would “come in handy in winter,” perhaps especially if your winters are Sweden-worthy.
The Sensus Connected Touch system also can enable connectivity and an internet connection in the car thanks either to a 3G/4G dongle mounted in the car or the driver’s cell phone. From the press release:
The user has access to full Internet browsing (except when driving), Internet streaming of music, Internet radio (TuneIn Radio) with thousands of channels from all over the world, on-line (Google) Map and Search, Embedded Connected 3D navigation with online traffic info and dangerous zone warnings, Free Parking locator, weather information, a number of native and web applications, App Store for new functions and updates as well as a Volvo retailer locator.
It is also possible to share a WiFi network with everyone in the car.
Among other features Volvo says the new S80 and XC70 will get: Heated windscreen (yes, really), heated steering wheel, three-mode TFT gauge cluster display, a new Ambient Light designed to make driving in the dark a better experience by illuminating key surfaces such as the cupholders and door releases, and the full suite of Volvo IntelliSafe safety features including City Safety, Pedestrian Detection with full auto brake, and Road Sign Information, which assists the driver by reading road signs and displaying them on the instrument display.