Volvo unveiled the new infotainment system of the 2015 XC90 ahead of its debut in August. The Swedish automaker said in a press release that they have completely re-conceived the way drivers operate their cars.
The designers and engineers behind the 2015 Volvo XC90 replaced the conventional array of buttons with a large “tablet-like” touch screen, a head-up display and thumb controls on the steering wheel.
“As cars increasingly become more connected to the Internet and are able to offer a far wider range of functions and entertainment services, the way in which the driver interacts with the car’s systems is becoming progressively more important,” said Dr Thomas M. Müller, Vice President Electrics/Electronics & E-propulsion engineering of Volvo Car Group.
Volvo’s new interface incorporates the latest touch screen hardware and software where controls are located.
“Smooth interaction without distraction has been the guiding expression for our designers and engineers. The in-car control system is designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel as much as possible,” said Thomas Ingenlath, Volvo Car Group’s Senior Vice President Design.
The touch screen located at the center of the dashboard replaces the traditional selection of buttons and controls with one control panel. The 2015 XC90 also features a head-up display on the lower part of the windscreen.
“Using the screen is so logical that it will become part of your muscle memory very quickly. Information, navigation and media are high up and easy to check. The phone controls, application icons and climate controls are located low and are comfortable to reach and touch. All of this logic is based on extensive usability and user experience research,” said Dr Peter Mertens, Volvo Car Group’s Senior Vice President Research and Development.
The 2015 XC90 will have an Ericsson-based cloud system, a Bowers & Wilkins stereo, a HERE navigation system (depending on the market).
Lastly, Apple’s CarPlay will also be offered on the 2015 XC90 that can mirror the display of iPhone/iPod/iPad products onto the car’s touchscreen.