Spotify have teamed up with Volvo, bringing in-car music streaming to Volvo cars kitted out with the new Sensus Connected Touch in-car entertainment system. Announced today at the Geneva Motor Show, it’s the first time Spotify has been available as a fully integrated voice control app in a car dashboard.
The Volvo system is powered either by a mobile phone, or via a connected 3G or 4G dongle. Featuring a 7-inch touchscreen display and an OS based on Android, the Sensus Connected Touch allows users to simply speak artists and tracks they want to listen to in order to have them play, meaning drivers can keep heir eyes on the road at all times.
Going on sale from May 2013, the systems will feature their own dedicated app store, allowing for the likes of Google Maps and TuneIn Radio to be installed in the dashboard.
“Spotify wants to make it as easy as possible for people to enjoy all the world’s music wherever and whenever they are,” said Pascal de Mul, global head of hardware partnerships, Spotify.
We know that the car is the number one environment in which people want to listen to music, so we are working to make Spotify available for drivers in as many types of car as possible. We are really excited to announce this innovative, hands-free in-dash Spotify service today with Volvo, so that even more drivers will be able to enjoy Spotify music safely while on the road.”
The announcement comes hot on the heels of Ford’s own MWC Spotify news, revealing that the music streaming service would also be coming to their AppLink Sync service.
Check the system in action in the video below: