Volvo and Spotify pair up to bring streaming to in-car audio systems
Spotify will be coming to Volvo cars fitted with the Sensus Connected Touch in-car entertainment system. Announced at the Geneva Motor Show, the Spotify streaming tech will be the first fully integrated voice-controlled Spotify set-up in a car dashboard.
Not to be forgotten, of course, is Ford's AppLink Sync service, which also supports Spotify and allows you to stream from your mobile phone to your car's Hi-Fi. But Volvo's solution looks to be totally integrated into your dashboard.
"Spotify wants to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy all the world's music whenever and wherever they are," aid Pascal de Mul, global head of hardware partnerships, Spotify. "We know that the car is the number one environment in which people want to listen to music, so we are working to make Spotify available for drivers in as many types of car as possible.
"We are really excited to announce this innovative, hands-free, in-dash Spotify service today with Volvo, so that even more drivers will be able to enjoy Spotify music safely while on the road."
Today is a big day for in-car tech, it seems. Ferrari has just announced that its new supercar, the LaFerrari, will be going on sale with an integrated iPad mini.
The new Volvo system works from a mobile phone or via a 3G or 4G dongle attached to the car. It is based on Android and runs on a 7-inch voice-controlled touch display. You can simply say a track name and Spotify should, in theory, start streaming it.
Sensus Connected Touch, Volvo's in-car tech system, also supports other Android apps including Google Maps and TuneIn Radio. It even has its own dedicated app store for updates.
The system will go on sale in May 2013 and can be fitted to any new Volvo.