Volvo and Microsoft have introduced a voice-activated control system that is worn on the wrist and allows you to talk to the vehicle.
With this device, Volvo owners will be able to communicate with their car via the Microsoft Band 2 wristband and ask it to perform tasks such as surfing the Internet, turning on the heat, locking the doors, flashing the lights or honking the horn.
This is made possible by the mobile application "Volvo on Call", to which the Microsoft handheld device must be connected.
This technological innovation comes more than 33 years after the American TV series “The Fantastic Car”, made famous by the image of David Hasselhoff talking to his KITT vehicle.
Volvo wants the voice-activated control system to make the in-vehicle experience as easy and comfortable as possible.
"We are only beginning to scratch the surface of what digital assistance capabilities will offer us in the future," said Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrics / Electronics & E-Propulsion, Volvo Car Group.
“When we introduce innovations, we are not interested in the technology itself. If a technology does not serve to make the client's life easier, safer or more fun, we do not apply it. Let's face it: who has never dreamed of speaking to their vehicle through a device worn on their wrist? ”Added Klas Bendrik, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Volvo Car Group.
Microsoft's executive vice president of business development, Peggy Johnson, has highlighted that "the collaboration with Volvo that are beginning to understand the potential of technology to improve safety and productivity of drivers."