Volvo Cars has announced a partnership with Google to develop its next-generation in-car infotainment and connectivity solutions based on the Android operating system. The new technology will be available in Volvo models within the next two years, offering a host of apps and services to owners.

With the smartphone being such an integral item in our daily lives, Volvo’s move will take advantage of an established platform that is familiar with millions of users. Adding to that is access to a rich ecosystem with hundreds of apps, including popular ones like Google Maps and Spotify.

“We are making an important strategic step with the Google partnership. Google’s platform and services will enhance the user experience by enabling more personalisation possibilities, while Android will offer increased flexibility from a development perspective,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president research and development at Volvo Car Group.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Volvo to bring Android into their next generation connected cars. “This partnership gives us the opportunity to deliver a more seamless experience to Volvo drivers through a full-featured infotainment platform and rich ecosystem of Android applications and Google services,” added Patrick Brady, vice president of Android Engineering at Google.

More details about Volvo and Google’s partnership will be announced later on during the Google I/O Conference on May 17. In a related matter, Volvo models will soon be updated to include Google Local Search, a location based service application. This will be released through an update to customers with Sensus Navigation.