Microsoft and car manufacturer Volvo are teaming up to do some pretty amazing stuff in automobile technology. The new partnership between the software provider and car manufacturer will net future drivers an experience that goes beyond a dolled-up center mounted console.
The partnership starts with Volvo Cars' recent announcement of enabling owners with Microsoft Band 2 wearables to navigate features of their cars. Perhaps only a relatively small niche of people will be prepared to take advantage of this collaboration; however, the partnership now enables owners to instruct their vehicle to perform a task such as starting navigation, setting thermostats, locking doors, and flashing lights all via voice dictation via the Microsoft Band 2. The magic sauce that connects the car to the Microsoft Band 2 is done through Volvo’s mobile app, Volvo on Call. The new app allows the car to sync functionality to approved wearable devices.
Microsoft Band 2 owners will be able to start speaking to their Volvo on Call-enabled vehicles as soon as Spring of 2016.
Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrics/Electronics and E-Propulsion at Volvo Car Group, along with others within Volvo, are looking to expand the car experience with technology that innovates outside of the traditional automotive sphere.
Our ongoing partnership with Volvo continues to bring ground-breaking technology to enhance the automotive experience," said Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of business development at Microsoft. "Together with Volvo, we're just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity."
Back in November of 2015, Microsoft and Volvo revealed another collaboration that could offer a significant shift in the automotive experience for many drivers. Microsoft and Volvo are seeking to implement HoloLens technology for the car. The details on the application of HoloLens for cars has yet to surface, but the idea of an untethered holographic experience in the car could potentially redefine how car interfaces are developed moving forward.
The Tony Stark, a la Jarvis, heads-up display (HUD)-like experience may be within our grasp soon enough.