Volvo Adds Microsoft Skype For Business To Its 90 Series Models

Thu, Dec 29, 2016 2,326

Some people have probably used driving as an excuse to get out of meetings more times than they’d care to admit. Now, though, Volvo is making it so that will no longer be an excuse.

Volvo announced Thursday it’s adding Microsoft’s Skype for Business to the S90 sedan, V90 wagon and XC90 SUV. The Swedish automaker said it’s the first OEM to introduce an in-car productivity system.

As driverless technology is developed further, motorists will be required to handle less driving-related tasks. And once vehicles with Levels 4 and 5 autonomous driving capabilities are made available, it won’t even be necessary to have a human operator. That’s why Volvo said it’s important to develop ways to help its consumers make the best use of their travel time.

“Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer,” Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, vice president of Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo, said in a statement. “With the dawn of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office. This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car.”

Owners will be able to see their scheduled meetings, who is attending them and can join meetings via the car’s infotainment display. As part of its partnership with Microsoft, Volvo will also look at the possibility of incorporating Cortana, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant, into its future cars.

Thumbnail photo via Volvo