Volvo Cars adds Microsoft’s Skype for Business to its 90 Series cars, heralding a new era for in-car productivity
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced that it will introduce Skype for Business, Microsoft’s leading collaborative productivity app, to its new 90 Series cars. Volvo Cars is the first carmaker to launch such an in-car productivity tool.
“We’ve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or you forget the long pin code to join. It’s not the best way to start an important call in the car. On top of all that 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 is actively used by millions of people at work around the globe. 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 center display.
“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.
Volvo Cars’ approach to the application of technology in their cars is grounded in the desire to make their customers’ lives easier and safer by using the latest relevant technology in a smart way.
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.
“Volvo Cars is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile. People need to be productive from anywhere – including their cars,” said Ben Canning, Director of Product Management for Skype for Business at Microsoft. “We’re thrilled to extend modern meetings to Volvo cars.”
Working together with Microsoft and Ericsson, who provide cloud-based solutions for Volvo Cars, the Swedish company continues to develop and provide visionary services and features for its growing customer base.
“In-car communication is something that we have worked with for years at Volvo. From the built-in handsets of the 1980s and early 90s through to our standard Bluetooth® hands-free functionality, we have understood the importance of making life easier for people on the move while keeping a firm focus on safety and minimizing driver distraction,” added Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz.
Polestar wins Wards 10 Best Engines award for V60 Polestar
The 367 hp* engine in the new Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar, one of the most powerful four-cylinder production engines in the world, has been awarded the prestigious 2017 Wards 10 Best Engines trophy.
"Not long ago, a newly designed engine that could achieve 100 hp per liter was a big deal. Today, Polestar and Volvo blow way past that mark, achieving a remarkable 184 hp/l with the 2.0l 4-cylinder engine in the V60 Polestar, rated at 367 hp*. It's a threshold never before seen in our competition," wrote the editors of WardsAuto in their jury report.
In winning the award, the Polestar engine faced off against 40 other nominated engines and models, including the BMW M2, Jaguar XE and Porsche 718 Cayman.
"We set out to increase performance and driveability, at the same time lowering consumption as well as emissions with our new engine," said Niels Möller, Chief Operating Officer of Polestar.
"With the strong efforts of our development team in combination with the cutting-edge technology of the Volvo Cars Drive-E engine family, we achieved what we set out to do. This engine is the culmination of the development work that we started in 2009 with the powertrain optimization program, and we are proud to receive this recognition from WardsAuto as a testament to our philosophy," continued Niels Möller.
The Volvo V60 and S60 Polestar, sharing engine technology with the S60 Polestar WTCC race car in which Thed Björk recently won at Shanghai International Raceway, are available in 47 markets around the globe (the V60 Polestar is sold in the UK, but the S60 Polestar is not). For more information about availability, go to cars.polestar.com
The editors of WardsAuto have tested all 40 nominated vehicles on public roads during the past three months under normal driving conditions.
The overall result was based on parameters such as performance, fuel economy, noise level and the application of new technology. This is the 23rd year for the competition.
Read more about the results on wardsauto.com
Volvo Cars Leads European Automakers With Most IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus Awards
Volvo Cars has won the 2017 Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for the Volvo S60, V60 and XC60 luxury SUV with Active Dual Xenon headlamps. The Volvo S90 luxury sedan and XC90 luxury SUV won the Top Safety Pick designation for 2017. As of today’s announcement from IIHS, Volvo leads European car manufacturers with the most Top Safety Pick Plus awards.
All Volvo models have been recognized by IIHS for safety. An August 2016 report from IIHS showed that cars outfitted with Volvo City Safety, which included vehicle detection, reduced rear end crashes by 43% and those with injuries by 45%. In 2017, the Volvo S90 and XC90 will include large animal detection with automatic emergency braking, aimed at further preventing or mitigating accidents on the road.
“Volvo’s commitment to safety is crystallized in our Vision 2020, which states that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.” Said Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Car USA, “Our new cars prove that luxury, style and performance can perfectly compliment world-leading safety.”
Cars awarded Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick Plus are currently available at local Volvo retailers.