LAS VEGAS — Volvo’s upcoming flagship EX90 electric crossover will be the luxury brand’s first model to feature Google HD Maps.
According to Volvo, Google HD Maps are comprehensive maps that provide detailed, up-to-date road information and are designed for automakers.
The feature will be available on the EX90 with Volvo’s Pilot Assist self-driving system, the automaker announced at CES Thursday. Volvo affiliate Polestar will bring Google HD Maps to its Polestar 3 crossovers.
Google HD Maps will be used in conjunction with the EX90’s sensors for driving features such as lane change assistance and Pilot Assist, as well as “future automated driving features,” Volvo said.
Volvo said the EX90, which made its world debut in Sweden in November, features an “invisible safety shield” that helps reduce crashes that result in serious injury or death by up to a fifth. Sensors, including eight cameras, five radars and a lidar, are connected to the car’s core his computer.
Volvo says lidar and other sensors improve the reliability and performance of Pilot Assist.
Road information gathered from Google HD Maps is combined with data from the EX90’s lidar and other sensors and processed by the vehicle’s core computer system. The EX90’s core computing system is powered by Nvidia’s Xavier and Orin products.
Volvo COO Javier Varela said in a statement:
The move to include Google HD Maps is the latest partnership between Volvo and the tech giant.
Volvo is the first to include Android Auto in its 2017 model year vehicles, a company spokesperson said. The 2021 XC40 Recharge crossover is the first model by the automaker to feature his Android Automotive operating system.
The EX90’s infotainment system runs on a 15-inch center display powered by Google’s Android Automotive operating system.
Built on an all-electric platform, the EX90 will be the first EV to be assembled at Volvo’s Ridgeville plant, with production of the SC EX90 expected to begin in late 2023 and a U.S. launch in early 2024.
Volvo also announced Thursday that it will release an over-the-air update that will allow drivers in the US market to issue voice commands via Google Assistant-enabled devices.
The update is available for all Volvo vehicles with Google built-in and allows individuals to use the “Hey Google” command to check the vehicle’s fuel and battery levels, turn on climate control, and more. You can turn on other functions.
Alwin Bakkenes, Head of Software Engineering at Volvo, said: “The launch of Google Assistant control actions demonstrates our commitment to providing our customers with a better car every day, increasing their convenience and peace of mind.