Google officially made its car OS available for the Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge today. the company also announced that there will be many more vehicles coming down the road. Volvo today announced the C40 Recharge as a follow-up that also uses Android Automotive.
According to sources, the C40’s center console has a portrait screen flanked by vents, similar to the XC40. However, the manufacturer didn’t specify the C40’s display size, but Android Automotive makes do with a 9-inch panel on the current model.
For the car OS, the search giant has provided its latest Google Maps, which recently introduced navigation features optimized for EV routing, along with Assistant for voice commands and the Play Store.
Users can also browse and download optimized media applications directly in their cars. Volvo C40 has a 210-mile range with a 78kWh battery that fast charges to 80% in 40 minutes. It also contains “Pixel light technology” that “makes it possible to drive with full beam all the time.” Google also stated that the car from Volvo will also get OTA updates throughout its life.
“When the car’s camera detects other vehicles, each headlight unit’s 84 Pixel LEDs can shade out up to five vehicles at the same time. This can help you avoid dazzling other drivers while lighting up the road ahead efficiently. When unlocking the car, these headlights will also perform a welcoming light sequence together with the LED rear lights.”
Volvo C40 is available in Fjord Blue metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Silver Dawn metallic, Sage Green Metallic, Thunder Grey metallic, Black Stone, and Fusion Red metallic. The pricing is yet to be announced and availability is slated for later this year.