Google and Mercedes-Benz are developing cars that can drive themselves, but Volvo promises to offer something more.
According to finance magazine Money Week, Volvo is set to roll out its S60L model next year. The car features infotainment system Sensus, which connects it to the internet and makes possible all sorts of innovative functions.
For starters, it has a “Volvo on Call” function that links and synchronizes your car with a smartphone. With the help of an app, you can reserve and pay for a parking space even before arriving there, saving you from all the hassle. Or you could just leave the car at the entrance, and Sensus’ self-parking technology will use its sensors to locate and navigate to the parking space.
Sensus also allows a courier to track your car via GPS. By remotely opening the trunk with the smartphone, the courier will be able to deliver the goods you ordered straight to your car.
The system was developed in collaboration with Eriksson, Baidu, AutoNavi and Douban. Unlike similar platforms being developed by other auto brands like Audi and BMW, Sensus is more compatible as it supports Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.
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