Volvo puts Spotify behind the wheel
Volvo has announced that all of its new cars will provide integrated access to Spotify, eliminating the need for using a smartphone to control in-car music streaming. The service is already built into some Tesla Model S and BMW cars, but Volvo is the first carmaker to offer it across its whole range.
The integration will allow drivers to access their Spotify playlists, artists and albums via the Sensus in-car interface and passengers to control the system using their smartphones, by way of the Spotify Connect functionality.
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A Spotify Premium account will be required and the integration will only be available in countries where Spotify is available, but those new to the service can try it free for 30 days.
Volvo says it worked closely with Spotify "to ensure a natural and familiar user interface in the car" and that the integration makes good use of the large touch interfaces of the new XC90, S90 and V90 models, in which it will debut over the coming months.
The video below provides an introduction to the service.