Cars were once a technical wasteland. Brand new vehicles, with historical technology. And although modern cars still lack modern tech appointments, the space is getting a bit less wide recently. Volvo just announced a voice-activated music system along with Spotify. It’s fully built-into the dash through Volvo’s Sensus Connected Touch solution, which makes it both voice activated and touch enabled. The latest system allows drivers to manage to stream music with a 3G/4G dongle or via the driver’s mobile phone connection via their dashboard. Drivers can play any Spotify track they want merely by just saying its name, enabling car owners to be able to remain connected when driving.


The system depends on Android technology, which enables it to be regularly upgraded. Other apps obtainable via Sensus Connected Touch include Google Maps, TuneIn, iGO navigation and an application store for new functions and updates. Internet data may also be transferred via Wi-Fi between the mobile phone and Sensus Connected Touch and the Wi-Fi network could be shared with everyone in the car when using a dongle. Sensus is the name Volvo uses for all its HMI (Human Machine Interface) performance and Sensus Connected Touch is a dealer-fitted accessory. It goes on sale in May 2013 and could be fitted in all new Volvos (V40, V40 Cross Country, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80) in addition to being retrofitted in applicable used cars from model year 2011.