Volvos with Google built-in to bring YouTube into the car
Taking the Volvo Cars-Google partnership further past the Google built-in integration in all new Volvos, YouTube video playback on the central infotainment screen is the next feature that's set to roll out soon. It'll allow Volvo owners to fully utilise the entire infotainment touchscreen for YouTube video playback and recommendations, but will only allow playback when the vehicle is stationary. But the good news is since Volvo vehicles offer unlimited data, owners won't have to worry about data usage on the go. While the feature is set to roll out in different markets soon, regional availability hasn't been confirmed as yet. The statement also mentions "other major streaming services coming soon".
Alongside this, Volvo Cars also announced that all its vehicles will soon seamlessly integrate with Google Assistant-enabled devices, essentially allowing the car itself to be used as a smart device within the ecosystem.
Volvo sees the introduction of this feature as a way to extend the personalised experience in the vehicle, which will be especially useful for owners of its electric vehicles, the XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge SUV coupe, apart from Polestar branded vehicles, as their vehicle recharges. So far YouTube video and other streaming services playback has only been available on Tesla vehicles, with some third-party Android-based infotainment systems also offering the functionality, with some tweaks required.