Here’s more from Volvo:

The new system offers full integration of Android Automotive OS, Google’s open-source Android platform, with real-time updates to services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant and automotive apps created by the global developer community.


This same rich and fresh map data will be used to improve the capabilities of the XC40’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) by providing important information such as speed limits and curves in the road to the car.


Basically, this means the infotainment system in your Volvo will be capable of updating its software and OS via its own integrated WiFi, so the XC40 shouldn’t ever be plagued by the whole “shitty outdated infotainment system from four years ago” problem that seems to arise every time a newer, better model year is introduced. This seems a great use for over-the-air updates.

It’s a very good idea. As more and more people use in-car apps, the technology is only likely to get better, which means all Volvo needs to do right now is make sure its infotainment system is ergonomically pleasing. After all, it’ll be able to funnel updates any time Volvo works out a kink.

It remains to be seen exactly what this tech will be like in reality. But with the XC40 making its debut on October 16, it won’t be long before we find out.