Volvo Cars recently announced that it will be introducing the Microsoft productivity app Skype for Business in its new 90 Series vehicles. This addition makes Volvo the first automaker to integrate an in-car productivity tool as such.
Millions of people worldwide actively use Skype for Business for remote communications. Now, Volvo owners will be able to preview details on upcoming meetings and join the meetings from the car with a single touch via the vehicle’s large center display.
“We’ve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or you forget the long pin code to join. It’s not the best way to start an important call in the car. On top of all that your attention is not where it should be – on the road. With the addition of Skype for Business all that goes away,” said Volvo Car Group’s Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz.
Volvo’s approach to vehicle design and technological innovation is grounded in its ambition to continuously make customers’ lives easier and safer. The integration of Skype for Business does just that, while re-defining in-car productivity.
“Volvo Cars is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile. People need to be productive from anywhere—including their cars,” said Director of Product Management for Skype for Business at Microsoft, Ben Canning.
Microsoft and Ericsson, who provide cloud-based solutions for Volvo Cars, will continue working with Volvo to develop and deliver groundbreaking services and features for the premium car brand’s customer base. Volvo’s partnership with Microsoft will explore that possibility by looking into ways to introduce Cortana, the technology company’s intelligent personal assistant.
“Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer. With the dawn of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office. This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car,” Tylman-Mikiewicz said.This article is presented by Kundert Volvo in Hasbrouck Heights and Englewood, NJ.