Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Top 1 million over-the-air updates issued by the Google Assistant in the US

Our latest updates include the ability to issue voice commands through Google Assistant-enabled devices, allowing drivers to warm up their car, among other capabilities in the US market, beginning the widespread introduction of our Care Key technology, Can bring integrated connectivity to additional markets and various Updates and stability improvements.

Over-the-air updates are a key technology that helps us meet our ambition to continuously improve our cars. They also solidify our position as one of the industry leaders when it comes to remotely updating car software. Over-the-air updates also mean you no longer need to go to a garage to get the latest software, which we think is very convenient.

Our 11th major OTA update is expected to reach 350,000 customer cars worldwide, the most we’ve ever covered in a single rollout. This brings the total number of over-the-air updates that we’ve delivered to over one million.

The total number of markets covered by the update has increased to 68, constituting more than half of the markets globally, where more than 95 percent of Volvo cars are sold. At least 22 new markets have been added to the scope since our last OTA update.

Our Head of Software Engineering, Alvin Bakkens, says, “Thanks to over-the-air updates and our rapidly growing in-house software development, we are able to build and deploy new features and enhance the customer experience faster than ever before. Heal more quickly.”

“Hey Google, what’s in this update?”

So what are customers getting in this latest update? In the US market, for cars that are eligible to receive the OTA update, we are rolling out Google Assistant-controlled actions that enable seamless connectivity between your Google devices and your car. Functionality offered in this OTA update includes checking your car battery or fuel level, starting climate control, checking your car’s charging status, or even charging your car via a “Hey Google” command on your device. Includes starting or ending a session. And just in time for cold weather, you can even say “Hey Google, warm my car” without taking off your winter gloves.

Alvin Bakkens says, “The launch of functions controlled by the Google Assistant is a demonstration of our commitment to providing our customers with a better car every day, including greater comfort and peace of mind.”

While this functionality is currently only available in the US for cars that are eligible to receive the OTA update, there are plans to expand it to other markets in the near future. The list of available commands will continue to grow in the future.

This update also includes an expansion of our Care technology. Originally introduced in 2021, Care Key allows you to easily limit your car’s top speed even further than the built-in limit.

Perfect when, for example, you want to lend your Volvo car to other family members or less experienced drivers. Thanks to Care Key, they can further hone their driving skills, while you can be sure they are driving at a safe speed.

We are launching integrated connectivity in several European markets: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Iceland. This gives seamless connectivity to the customers as your data plan is now integrated into the SIM card of your car.

Another new feature is a great example of how we use customer feedback to improve our cars. Some customers asked us if we could make it easier to remove paired devices from the infotainment system. With this latest software update, we’ve added a button to do so in the menu for pairing devices.

Lastly, for the first time ever, customers will also be able to see the details of this OTA update (software version 2.5) in the Volvo Cars app. The software update details on the mobile app will be rolled out in a phased manner, so please check what applies to your specific market.

small print

  • Wireless update functionality is only available on Volvo car models with Google built-in.
  • The availability of the features and services mentioned above may vary between markets.
  • Google is a registered trademark of Google LLC.
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