Volvo adds Skype

Volvo Cars has added Microsoft’s Skype for Business to its 90 Series cars, heralding what it calls ‘a new era for in-car productivity’.

In Volvo’s 90 Series cars people will be able to view their upcoming meetings and participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.

‘We’ve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. Having to enter a phone number and long pin code is not the easiest process, and your attention is not where it should be – on the road. With the addition of Skype for Business all that goes away,’ said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz vice president consumer connectivity services at Volvo Car Group.

‘Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer. This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car,’ continued Anders.

Volvo’s partnership with Microsoft also includes the exploration of using Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, with the express intention of adding seamless voice recognition and contextual insights to support peoples’ daily lives by actively predicting their needs.

Working together with Microsoft and Ericsson, which provides cloud-based solutions for Volvo Cars, the Swedish company continues to develop and provide visionary services and features for its growing customer base.