One of the latest infotainment and telematics joint ventures is from Volvo and Ericsson. Ericsson created a Connected Vehicle Cloud that will be exclusively available in Volvo cars.
Some of the features being touted are a Park & Pay solution, Connected Service Booking, and goody apps such as Pandora, Rdio, TuneIn, and Stitcher. It will be a global cloud-based solution with regional and central nodes, so it will cover all Volvos around the globe — kinda the way Ikea furnishes the world’s living rooms.
“This partnership is another proof-point that Volvo Cars is in the vanguard of innovation with a clear understanding of the importance of the car in an increasingly connected society,” said Lex Kerssemakers, Senior Vice President Product Strategy and Vehicle Line Management at Volvo Cars. ”This is a strategic step forwards for us that provides our customers with cloud-enabled applications and services as never before, thanks to Ericsson’s world-class services platform.”
Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson, said, “Our partnership with Volvo Cars clearly demonstrates the industry transformation that is ongoing in the Networked Society. Evolution of new services and experiences is being made possible by the seamless convergence of information and communication technologies, such as broadband, mobility, smartphones and the cloud.”
The Connected Vehicle Cloud is just the first step on a journey towards fully connected and integrated car and infrastructure services, and positions Volvo Cars as a major player in the connected car arena. We can’t wait to try a Volvo that has the goods!