Volvo recently announced its plans to integrate the music streaming service Spotify with all new cars. The news was announced at the 2016 Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.
The first cars to feature the integrated Spotify service will be the new XC90, S90 and V90, which will all be released this spring.
Volvo is the first car manufacturer to add a fully integrated Spotify feature to its car’s interfaces. The integration means that drivers will not need to link up their smartphone in order to stream music.
The integration into the Sensus interface will improve drivers Spotify experience compared to the current Bluetooth/Apple CarPlay options provided.
The only requirement is that drivers must have a Premium subscription to Spotify. Those new to the service will be able to enjoy a free 30-day trial, but after that, the Premium service comes at a cost of £9.99 per month.
Volvo’s integrated Spotify application includes the Spotify Connect functionality, which means that you can use your mobile phone as a remote control for the app, without having to connect the device to the car. This saves using power from the car battery.
Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Service at Volvo Cars commented:
‘As before, you can still play music from your Spotify smartphone app in your car, or you can use the in-car app, which will contain all of your favourite playlists, artists and albums. And with Spotify’s ability to deliver extremely high-quality streaming, it has never been a better time to get the most out of the Bowers & Wilkins sound system in our new XC90, S90 and V90.’