The company that changed car safety now does the same for in-car technology

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 most modern in-car control system on the market

  • Buttons replaced by large tablet-like touch screen
  • Innovative, intuitive technology that is easier to use
  • More efficient use of interior space with less button clutter
  • Integrated cloud-based apps for music streaming and other services
  • Built in wifi and hotspot
  • Native integration with Apple iOS and Android devices
  • Voice and Steering controls for just about everything

“Better than anything you have ever experienced from in-car controls, even if technology isn’t your thing”

Clean. Uncluttered. Intuitive.

We didn’t just reimagine a car; we reimagined how you interact with one. We replaced dozens of buttons and switches on the center console with intuitive voice control, thumb controls on the steering wheel and a large touch screen. And we did it all, because the all-new Volvo XC90 is designed around you.

“The touch screen is superintuitive and easy to operate.”

In the XC90, this information can be displayed on an optional head-up display right on the windshield, so your eyes and your attention are always on the road ahead. Combined with the stunning, nine-inch, touchscreen display in the center console, you can effortlessly enjoy everything from music to navigation. And the all-new Volvo XC90 is the very first Volvo to have it.
Sensus is our unique way of enabling you to communicate instinctively with your car and the digital world beyond it. Just a word, a touch or a swipe is all it takes for Sensus to give you the help, information and entertainment you want.
Unlike the center consoles of other luxury SUVs,which are packed with buttons and switches, the center console of the XC90 has just seven physical buttons.

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.


From its software to the way you physically interact with it, we designed the touchscreen in the XC90 to be as easy and intuitive to use as possible, because we designed it around you. Unlike touchscreens in other luxury vehicles, the sensitivity of the touch screen in the XC90 means you can use it even when you’re wearing gloves. “It’s possible, because we use infra-red touch technology.”


“It’s an anti-reflective surface and we have a number of technical solutions to avoid glare,” says Jens Henriksson. And because the screen is dynamic, virtual buttons can be made to appear bigger, making them easier to see, and that makes them easier to use.


The Volvo XC90 can take advantage of everything from music streaming to Apple iOS and Android devices using its touch screen display. You can browse the Internet, use apps to find music in the Cloud and turn your car into an onboard WiFi hotspot. It’s your world connected. And it’s launching in the all-new Volvo XC90.

Head-Up Display

How can we make driving smarter? With the optional head-up display, the most important information is always right where you need it, on the windshield, so you never have to divert your attention from the road.

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.

Hands Free – Use Your Voice

As intuitive as a touch screen is, we’ve taken ease-of-use one step further with a voice control system that can understand natural speech.

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.”

The Boss

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Inside

The all-new Volvo XC90 is the first Volvo car to feature Apple CarPlay. Experience iOS in the 9-inch touchscreen and access your iTunes, contacts, Apple Maps, iMessage, and even Siri. Connect your iPhone* and interact with it using the in-car display, where it becomes a seamless part of your Volvo. Your iPhone becomes one of many car features you control with a click of a button or the sound of your voice. And Siri becomes the perfect driving assistant, allowing you to control your iPhone with just a few words. Simply press the voice activation on the steering wheel to start Siri. Stay focused on the road and personalize your drive with Apple CarPlay in Volvo. *iPhone 5 or later.

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.”

Android smartphone users will feel completely at home in the new Volvo XC90. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with google and third party apps and the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system offered by Google.

The XC90 is one of the most advanced vehicles on the planet but its incredibly user friendly even for people who don’t like technology.

Available For Delivery Spring of 2015

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