Volvo Cars and ECARX to jointly develop multimedia systemMarch 25, 2021
Volvo Cars and technology company ECARX are planning a new joint venture to develop and commercialize a state-of-the-art infotainment platform.
The planned joint venture will allow both the companies and the broader Geely group to accelerate technology development, increase cost efficiency and create new revenue streams, the press release said.
Note that Volvo Cars has been working with Google to develop the Android car operating system since 2017. In 2020, Volvo Cars and Polestar became the first automakers to introduce infotainment systems based on the Android car operating system with built-in Google apps and services.
The new joint venture between Volvo Cars and ECARX will continue and expand the development of Volvo Cars’ infotainment platform. The joint venture will make the platform available to all Geely Group brands and affiliates, and will make the platform available to third parties through ECARX.
The infotainment system in the latest Volvo cars is one of the best on the market, able to compete with mobile phones, ”says Henrik Green, Chief Technology Officer, Volvo Cars. “Through this joint venture, we can accelerate system development, deliver high quality information to more vehicles, and maximize incentives for companies and developers to create great services and applications for platform users.”
Once established, the joint venture will be headed by Jan-Erik Larsson, currently head of R&D at Volvo Cars in China. After final negotiations, as well as subject to the completion and implementation of the relevant agreements between the parties, the company should begin operations in the third quarter of 2021.
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