We watch movies where people are able to simply talk to machines and imagine that someday it may be part of our daily life. Volvo says we do not have to wait for future to accomplish that. Now you will be able to interact with a car not even sitting in it, using voice commands via Microsoft Band 2.
Owners will be able to ask their Volvo to perform different tasks, such as setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn.
First hints about partnership between two companies appeared back in November 2015, when Volvo and Microsoft announced their high-profile collaboration with the first automotive application of HoloLens technology. This technology is meant to revolutionize the way people encounter, choose and buy a car, using world’s first fully untethered holographic computer. Now companies are extending the partnership to creating remote voice control for Volvo cars via the Microsoft Band 2, using Volvo on Call mobile application.
Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrics/ Electronics & E-Propulsion at Volvo Car Group, said: “Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilising the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities”.
Volvo’s ambitions to revolutionize the way customers interact with their cars are far-reaching and partnership with Microsoft should help develop next generation automotive technologies.
Volvo says that the most important features in new technology have to follow character of the company. If technology is not making car safer, more fun and more enjoyable for the passengers and the driver, Volvo is not interested in it. Possibility to connect to a Volvo with voice control through Microsoft Band 2 is going to make interaction with car easier, as users will be able to turn on the heater before the journey, or locate car easier in busy parking lot. This feature will be available for customers from this spring.