Volvo adds app functionality via OTA updates

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Owners of Volvo’s XC40 Recharge models will soon be able to access a new Range Assistant in-car app, which is to be released in a beta version as part of the company’s latest over-the-air infotainment software update.

The Range Assistant app, developed in-house by Volvo, is intended to help drivers keep track of the available electric range of their vehicle and optimize it through smart energy management. The app is embedded within in the Android-powered infotainment system, and includes features such as a range optimizer function which can adjust the climate control system automatically to improve driving range.

Volvo says it plans to continue the development of the app on the path to full release and introduce additional features, such as coaching of drivers with smart and easy-to-follow recommendations on how to adjust their driving style and speed to maximize the car’s range.

“Through in-house development of software and over-the-air updates, we can constantly improve our cars and make sure that your electric Volvo stays fresh,” said Sanela Ibrovic, head of connected experience at Volvo. “The Range Assistant app is a great example of how quick development and deployment of new features can improve the Volvo customer experience every day.”

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