Swedish car maker Volvo has announced that it will introduce Skype for Business in its all-new 90 series cars. Skype is Microsoft’s leading communication application and is actively used by millions of people at work around the globe. “Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer. With the dawn of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office. This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group.
We will see Volvo XC90, V90, V90 cross country and S90 getting this feature starting next year. Volvo Cars will also be looking to explore the use of Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant with the intention of adding voice recognition and contextual insights to support peoples’ daily lives by actively predicting their needs. With the work load increasing on mobile phones and the constant need to stay connected has led to this integration. We have already seen Apple car play and Google Auto taking the centre screen in almost all recently launched premium and luxury cars and now Volvo cars is the first car maker to launch such an in-car productivity tool.