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Volvo all business about Skype in cars

Volvo will also explore the Cortana voice controlled virtual assistant

Published: December 29, 2016, 9:30 PM
Updated: January 2, 2017, 6:28 PM

Skype for Business in car app

Skype is going mobile … as in auto-mobile … thanks to Volvo Cars, which has announced it will introduce the Skype for Business productivity app in its new 90-Series vehicles.

“We’ve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or you forget the long pin code to join. It’s not the best way to start an important call in the car,” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group. “On top of all that, your attention is not where it should be – on the road. With the addition of Skype for Business all that goes away.”

Microsoft’s leading collaborative productivity app is used by millions around the world. On the road, Volvo S90, V90 and XC90 owners will be able to view their upcoming teleconferences with connection details and join when the start-time comes up, all by simply touching the large centre display.

“Volvo Cars is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile. People need to be productive from anywhere – including their cars,” said Ben Canning, Director of Product Management for Skype for Business. “We’re thrilled to extend modern meetings to Volvo cars.”

In partnership with Microsoft, Volvo will also explore the use of Cortana (the Windows 10 voice-controlled virtual assistant) to add voice recognition to their suite of controls and contextual insights to predict people’s needs and likes.

“In-car communication is something that we have worked with for years at Volvo,” concluded Tylman-Mikiewicz. “From the built-in handsets of the 1980s and early ’90s through to our standard Bluetooth hands-free functionality, we have understood the importance of making life easier for people on the move while keeping a firm focus on safety and minimizing driver distraction.”