Back in February, Spotify announced a partnership with Ford in which its app will be part of Ford’s Sync AppLink system. Now it looks like Spotify has teamed up with another car manufacturer, Volvo, and they will be bringing a voice-navigated version of their music service to future Volvo models. As you can imagine, driving while fiddling with your radio is probably not the smartest idea, especially when you’re trying to navigate to your favorite song, which is why this voice navigation feature sounds like it could be a good idea for convenience and safety.
For those who would rather not navigate using their voices or who find that the error rate is a little too high for their liking, they will still be able to navigate Spotify via the Sense Connected Touch dashboard system which comes with a 7” display. Users will be able to attach 3G or 4G dongles for streaming, or even tether their phone if they wish. The UI of Spotify is also expected to be similar to the Android version so if you’ve used Spotify before on your Android device, the learning curve shouldn’t be too steep. This new feature will debut in the Volvo V40, V40 Cross Country, S60, V60, XC60, V70, XC70 and S80 this coming May, but owners of Volvo vehicles made in 2011 will be able to retrofit it if they choose.
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