We really do live in the future. Volvo announced on Thursday that it’s new Volvo S90, which we had a chance to drive earlier this year, XC90 and V90 Cross Country now support Skype for Business. No, you won’t be video conferencing while cruising down the highway – you’ll need to wait for autonomous vehicles for that, but this is still pretty dang cool.
“Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer,” Volvo’s Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz said on Thursday. “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.”
Volvo said Skype for Business users (that’s the paid version of Skype, by the way), allows drivers and passengers to “view their upcoming meetings and participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.” The audio from the call will come through the car’s speakers, we assume, but the driver won’t be included in the video chat.
Cortana in cars?
Volvo also said that it’s exploring the use of Microsoft’s smart voice assitant Cortana inside of its cars, though that feature isn’t yet available. Imagine one day calling up Cortana to check the forecast, status of a flight or to send an email, all while you focus on the road… or that Skype call.