Volvo and Neonode have come together to launch a new in-car infotainment system powered by none other than the world’s most popular mobile operating system right now, Android. This new infotainment system is called the Sensus Connected Touch and it looks just about ready to truly usher in the era of always-on, fully-connected smart cars.
The Volvo Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system consists of a 7-inch touchscreen display that uses optical touch technology developed by Neonode and a modified version of the Android operating system that enables a number of nifty software capabilities. In a three-minute demo video that has been made available via the online video streaming web site YouTube, some of the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system’s features are shown.
As shown in the above video, Sensus Connected Touch users will be able to do all sorts of things that require an Internet connection, including surfing the Web with a full HTML web browser, listening to songs and other types of audio via radio and podcasts, getting the latest weather updates in real time, and gaining easy access to all types of data and information. It also offers a number of useful extras like an option to turn the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a feature that lets drivers locate the nearest Volvo service center based on their current location.
And speaking of location, the Sensus Connected Touch also has a connected GPS system which serves as the built-in tool for navigation. That, along with the built-in maps, should be enough to help drivers stay on track and on schedule wherever they go.
As it is, the Sensus Connected Touch infotainment system is already quite impressive. It isn’t groundbreaking by any means, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction. And it will undoubtedly be even better in the future.
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A lot of source code will be proprietary of course. Hackers are likely to lose features, assuming it will even be feasible to bypass bootloader etc. locking.