Volvo Car Group is helping chart a new path in vehicle electronics as an early adopter of Google's Android Automotive operating system. By getting in on Android's ground floor, Volvo also is playing a role in shaping an infotainment platform that will populate across auto brands.
Infotainment systems have become a high-tech battleground for automakers seeking differentiation and new revenue sources from subscription services. Not all manufacturers are convinced that outside suppliers are the way to do battle.
Volvo's luxury competitors Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and BMW have plowed millions of dollars into developing powerful and bespoke systems to turn their dashboards into oversized smart devices.