Future Volvo cars will be able to access Assistant and Google Play Store without an Android device

Ahead of Google I/O, the search company’s annual developer conference, which starts tomorrow, Volvo has announced that it’s working with Google to add Assistant, the Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system.

The update will allow Volvo vehicles to use Android Auto features without the need for an Android device.

“Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo Cars. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.”

This will give users access to thousands of additional apps optimized and adapted for the vehicle’s infotainment system via the Google Play Store.

The first vehicle based on the Android operating system is intended to launch in a couple of years.

Volvo will continue to develop its own apps, software and connected services.

Recent news points to Google updating the Android Auto experience that’ll optimize apps like Google Maps, Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.