Volvo Introduces Skype to Vehicles
Dec. 29, 2016—Volvo announced it will introduce Skype for Business, Microsoft’s leading collaborative productivity app, to its new 90 Series cars.
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,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, vice president of consumer connectivity services at Volvo Car Group. “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.”
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 people’s daily lives by actively predicting their needs.