CES 2016: Voice command your Volvo with upcoming Microsoft Band 2

CES 2016: Voice command your Volvo with upcoming Microsoft Band 2  image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Volvo | posted January 07, 2016 12:27

Volvo developing new voice command system with Microsoft

Volvo plans to enhance voice commands in cars with the Microsoft Band 2. The new smart wristband according to the automaker, will allow users to talk to their car and give certain instructions.

Commands such as setting the navigation, pre-conditioning the cabin, locking the doors, or sounding the horn can soon be done on the Microsoft Band 2. The functions can be performed via the Volvo on Call mobile app along with the upcoming smart wristband.

Voice commanding with the Microsoft Band 2

“Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilizing the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities,” said Thomas M. Müller, Vice President Electrics/ Electronics & Chassis at Volvo Car Group.

In addition, Volvo also plans on developing more advanced tech that are outside traditional automotive controls and functions with Microsoft.

The Microsoft Smart Band 2 with Volvo on Call

According to Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Microsoft, their partnership with Volvo will allow them to introduce new technologies that will enhance the automotive experience.

“Together with Volvo, we're just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity,” said Johnson.

The Microsoft Band 2 will be available to markets with the mobile app Volvo on Call sometime in 2016.