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Volvo reveals more interior features of its upcoming all-new XC90, including the incorporation of renowned British audio equipment company Bowers & Wilkins’ audio systems into the XC90.

Interior-wise, the XC90 is deemed to completely re-conceive the way drivers operate their cars by dispensing with the normal array of buttons and replacing them with a large tablet-like touch screen, a head-up display and thumb controls on the steering wheel. The result is the most modern in-car control system on the market, which is crucially easier to use, ensuring drivers will be able to keep their eyes on the road as much as possible while operating or making adjustments to the system. It also uses the car’s interior space far more efficiently and offers a range of additional benefits such as integrated cloud-based applications for music streaming and other services, such as the world’s first integrated Park and Pay application, and the ability to mirror and use iOS devices.

The typical driver control system, available in many other premium cars, typically consists 30 or more buttons spread across a dashboard, making it challenging for drivers to locate and operate, and threatening to distract their attention.

All-new Volvo XC90 Sensus: instinctive understanding

Volvo’s new interface, part of ‘Sensus’, incorporates the latest touch screen hardware and software to allow drivers to build an instinctive understanding of how the system works, where the controls are located and how to operate them.

The in-car control system is just one of many examples of how the new XC90 has been designed around the needs of the people who are going to drive it. So, how does the new in-car control system work? The touch screen replaces the traditional selection of buttons and controls in the center stack with one sleek control panel. This central panel interacts with an adaptive digital instrument cluster in front of the driver, while vital information is projected on the head-up display on the lower part of the windscreen. The user interface also includes thumb-reach controls on the steering wheel and state-of-the-art voice control. Even when wearing gloves, the IR on top  of the existing touch sensitive surface is acutely sensitive. The layout on the portrait screen is described as a stack of flexible ‘tiles’, i.e. navigation, media and telephone. A thin notification band is located above the tiles, while the digital climate controls form the ‘foundation’ of the pile.

Volvo XC90: Fully connected experience

The all-new XC90 offers customers a fully connected experience, thanks to the Ericsson-based cloud solution and the navigation system by HERE, which provides the possibility to remotely update content and simplify the entire car experience. Additionally, the Sensus selection enables  Internet radio, navigation, finding and paying for parking, discovering new restaurants, seamless streaming of favorite music; while the CarPlay brings selected features and services that are familiar to iPad, iPhone and iPod users and beams these features directly on to the large center console touch screen display.

Edited: Volvo