Future Volvos to get web-connected multi-media systems


Fresh from exhibiting at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Volvo has revealed that its future models will feature a Sensus Connect multi-media system that is constantly connected to the cloud and offers drivers a number of web-based applications on the go.
> Notably, music streaming services, social media applications and even Wikipedia will be able available for use to drivers of the future, the latter presumably playing an important role in settling arguments during long journeys.

The new technology is in response to the constantly evolving in-car technology of the big German manufacturers, with the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes all offering web-connectivity in their model ranges.

"Technology should make your life easier. That's why we listened carefully to our customers when creating Sensus Connect. It's not about offering a thousand apps; it's about giving you precisely what you need, before you even knew you needed it," David Holecek, Connectivity Brand Manager at Volvo Cars said a the annual electronics exposition.

Of interest to city dwellers will be the proposed Park&Pay application that can communicate with surroundings to pinpoint local parking areas and even pay parking fees without the need to fumble for loose change or mess around with awkward SMS payment systems.

Tech Radar revealed that the Volvo Sensus Connect's online features are enabled by an integrated modem and the ability to connect and share 3G or 4G signal provided by the occupant's smartphone.

Expect to see the new system fitted to models hitting showrooms from May 2014.