Volvo Becomes The First Manufacturer To Integrate Skype In Cars

Volvo has partnered with Microsoft to integrate Skype for Business in its flagship S90, V90, and XC90 luxury cars. The Skype app will be limited to voice calls.

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The features of the smartphones we use in our daily life are rapidly migrating to our cars. Now, Volvo has gone a step ahead and will integrate Skype into its cars infotainment system.

Swedish auto major Volvo has joined hands with Microsoft to integrate Skype for Business into its flagship 90 series models. The features will allow the passengers of S90, V90, and XC90 to view upcoming conference calls and even record voice memos on the centre console.

Volvo's connectivity Chief Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz said, "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."

Although the Skype application on the car's infotainment system will be limited to voice call and no video calls will be available. As it is unsafe to video chat behind the wheel.

Apart from the Skype integration, Volvo is also planning to integrate the Cortana "digital personal assistant" into its cars in the future.

The Cortana is similar to Amazon Alexa and Apple's Siri, Volvo plans to use Microsoft's artificial intelligence system to enhance the voice recognition system and to support the daily life of a person by predicting their needs.

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Story first published: Friday, December 30, 2016, 9:33 [IST]
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