Now all Volvo cars have a remote update

Now all Volvo cars have a remote update


Once used in electric cars, remote – or over-the-air (OTA) – update technology is now available for all new Volvo cars. According to the Swedish automaker, the feature, which has been extended to the S60 and V60 petrol models, is key to cementing the company as a major player in the field of connected car services.

In total, more than 190,000 Volvo cars, including those from Brazil, were updated. Basically, owners will have a remote update to their car’s infotainment system. The update brings the latest version of Android, Android 11, and access to new apps on Google Play, which include navigation and payment and parking functions and video streaming.

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There was also operational progress due to improvements in energy management for electric vehicles. In this sense, it is now possible to keep the car battery at the right temperature even in extreme weather, extending the range. In addition, charging has become easier, according to Volvo, thanks to the preheat function of the battery, which reduces the charging time.

“This is an important step: we update all types of vehicles in many markets, bringing the benefits of remote updates to a growing number of customers,” explained product director Henrik Green in a press release.

This is the eighth OTA update by Volvo. The Swedish manufacturer says that the new models will also receive applications and integrated services from Google – a company with which the automaker has a long-term partnership -, which continues the launch of the feature.

Volvo/Disclosure

Investments in security and power supply increase sales

Recently, Volvo received the highest safety certificate for all its cars. In total, there were 13 models of the company – all from the 2022 line – presented by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety), one of the main organizations that conduct safety tests in the United States.

To qualify for the 2022 IIHS awards, vehicles must score high in the US agency’s six crashworthiness tests. The list includes: dimensions with driver’s side small front overlap, passenger side small front overlap, medium front overlap, natural side, roof strength and head.

The Swedish automaker’s goals for safety, sustainability and electrification are paying off for Volvo – especially in its goal to sell only electric cars by 2030. In March, sales of battery-powered cars were presented. 35.5% of the company’s total.

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