At CES 2016 today, Volvo Cars introduced a new feature which allows Microsoft Band 2 owners to be able to control their Volvo cars with voice commands. The new feature comes as part of the company’s partnership with Microsoft — back in November, both of the companies announced their collaboration with the first automotive application for the HoloLens. Volvo says this new feature is another proof-point of the companies’ ambition to “jointly develop next-generation automotive technologies”.
With the Microsoft Band 2, Volvo owners will be able to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks such as setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn via Volvo’s mobile app Volvo on Call and the connected wearable device. You can see the feature in action below:
Thomas Müller the Vice President of Electrics at Volvo Car Group stated:
“Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilising the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities,”
Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of business development, Peggy Johnson stated:
“Our ongoing partnership with Volvo continues to bring ground breaking technology to enhance the automotive experience. Together with Volvo, we’re just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity.”
Volvo says the ability to control your Volvo car with the Band 2 will be available on Call enabled markets in Spring 2016. Until then, tell us what you think of this new feature in the comment section below.