Google’s operating system for cars is available today on Polestar 2 and Volvo XC40 Recharge, with many more vehicles on the way. Volvo today announced the C40 Recharge as a follow-up that is also used by Android Automotive.
The center console of the C40 is very similar to that of the XC40 with a vertical screen flanked by vents. Volvo didn’t specify the C40’s screen size today, but Android Automotive manages with a 9-inch panel on the current model.
Google Maps, which recently introduced navigation features optimized for electric vehicle routing, is built in, along with the Voice Command Assistant and Play Store. You can browse and download optimized multimedia applications right in your car.
The car has a 210 mile range with a 78kWh battery that quickly charges to 80% in 40 minutes. (More details on Electrek.) A particularly interesting design flourish is the “backlit ambience” strip that runs from the steering wheel to the glove compartment, while the interior is leather-free.
There is also a “pixel light technology” with a familiar name, but which has nothing to do with it, that “makes it possible to drive in full light all the time.” The car will receive OTA updates throughout its useful life.
When the car camera detects other vehicles, the 84 pixel LEDs in each headlight unit can shade up to five vehicles at the same time. This can help you avoid dazzling other drivers while efficiently lighting the road. Upon unlocking the car, these headlights will also perform a welcome light sequence along with the LED taillights.
Meanwhile, the C40 will only be available online as part of a “Care by Volvo” consumer offering. This elegant vehicle is available in Fjord Blue metallic, Crystal White pearl, Silver Dawn metallic, Sage Green metallic, Thunder Gray metallic, Black Stone and Fusion Red metallic. The Swedish automaker has yet to announce pricing, while availability is scheduled for later this year.
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