The designers and engineers behind Volvo’s all-new XC90 have completely re-conceived the way drivers operate their cars by dispensing with the normal array of buttons and replacing them with a large naturally intuitivetablet-like touch screen, a head-up display and thumb controls on the steering wheel.
“The touch screen is superintuitive and easy to operate.”
Breaking from tradition, the touch screen is placed vertically in the cabin. This has many benefits, as Jens Henriksson, who was lead engineer for the touch screen, describes: “The advantage of a portrait layout is that, for instance, with a map you can see more of your route. And you can see more on one screen without having to scroll down.” Features that were once controlled using a variety of complicated buttons on the center console can now be intuitively controlled from a single touch screen system that easily adapts to your needs. For example, you can view all four tiles on screen at once, or, if you need more information on just one, like navigation, you can expand its tile to fill the entire screen. And you can customize a tile to display one of the features you use most, like weather. You can even use the 360-degree cameras to give you an overhead view of the car to make driving the XC90 even easier and more relaxed.
“Using the screen is so logical that it will become part of your muscle memory very quickly,” explains Dr. Peter Mertens, Volvo’s SVP of research & development.
Thehead-up technology in the XC90 will make it possible for you to safely experience information, like navigation, speed and incoming calls. The messages are semi-transparent and appear to hover in the air about 6.5 feet in front of the car.
With the press of a button, you can tell the XC90 to program the navigation, play a song, call someone, or turn up the heating. You can even use nicknames to call up your favorite band. So you’d only have to say, “Play the Boss,” and before you know it Bruce Springsteen will be bellowing out of your stereo. You don’t even have to learn a command language to control it: just speak as you usually would and the system will understand what you want. It’s clever, without being too clever for its own good.
“The voice control function is so good you can say, “Play the Boss”, and you’ll get Bruce Springsteen.”
Android Auto In The New XC90
“This will make it possible for Volvo car drivers to connect the most widely used smartphone platforms directly to the XC90’s touch screen display.”