Volvo declared Wednesday it has signed a Memorandum of Comprehending with Ecarx to set up a joint-undertaking enterprise whose objective is to create a future-generation infotainment technique offered to all Geely brands.
Geely is the parent corporation of Volvo and also a crucial backer of Ecarx, which was established in 2016 in Hangzhou, China, and specializes in Android-based infotainment techniques for cars and trucks. It has currently worked with a variety of makes which include fellow Geely brands Lynk & Co. and Proton.
The joint enterprise will be based mostly in Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, and be led by Jan-Erik Larsson, now head of Volvo’s R&D functions in China. It is really anticipated to be operational in the 3rd quarter of 2021.
The new infotainment system, which will involve both equally program and components elements, is expected to be a growth of Volvo’s current Android-dependent infotainment system that the automaker has commenced rolling out to most of its fleet.
Volvo will be dependable for integrating the process in its personal cars and trucks as nicely as individuals from fellow Geely brand Polestar, even though Ecarx will deal with Geely’s other models and perhaps third get-togethers. The technique will be built to have user interfaces distinctive to every model.
Volvo explained the joint venture will enable velocity up engineering development, increase price efficiency and develop new revenue streams. A frequent technique throughout various brand names will also make it easier for third-social gathering software package builders to start new applications.
“Through this joint enterprise, we can speed up progress of the method, convey large top quality infotainment to additional autos and maximise incentives for providers and developers to produce great products and services and apps for the users of the system,” Henrik Inexperienced, head of R&D at Volvo, reported in a statement.