Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Volvo owners will be able to control car with voice via Microsoft Band 2
Posted on 21-Jan-2016 11:09 | Tags Filed under: News



1980s TV cult classic Knight Rider captured the hearts and minds of a generation - The Hoff and his talking Trans Am KITT using futuristic technology to solve crime all with the flick of a wrist. Now Volvo and Microsoft have joined forces to bring this science fiction concept to reality with their new wearable voice control system. 

 

Volvo owners will be able to talk to their car via a Microsoft Band 2 worn on their wrist, allowing them to remotely instruct their vehicle to perform tasks including, setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn via a mobile app and the connected wearable device. 

 

Volvo national manager Coby Duggan, says this new innovation shows the company’s commitment to making the driving experience as convenient as possible for its customers. 

 

“While activating your car from your wrist was an early TV predecessor to today’s wearable tech, bringing it to life in 2016 is just the beginning of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities, “ says Duggan. 

 

“At Volvo we focus on technologies which can truly benefit our customers’ lives. Each new innovation has to have a reason for being, that is, to make the drive easier, better, safer or more fun,” he says.

 

Duggan says moore recently Volvo has begun to focus closely on innovations outside the traditional automotive arena, opening up potential partnerships and new business models.

 

Executive Vice President of business development at Microsoft Peggy Johnson, says the Volvo partnership continues to bring ground breaking technology to enhance the automotive experience.

 

"Together with Volvo, we're just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity,” she says.

 

The Microsoft Band 2 connection will be available to New Zealand customers in the Volvo On Call mobile app in 2018.

 




comments powered by Disqus




Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Silly Cricket Scoring
Created by tdgeek, last reply by frankv on 20-Feb-2017 16:36 (29 replies)
Pages... 2


The President Of The USA: Donald Trump
Created by TimA, last reply by Fred99 on 20-Feb-2017 16:02 (3099 replies)
Pages... 205 206 207


Shameful politics, shameless politicians
Created by Rikkitic, last reply by MikeAqua on 20-Feb-2017 14:12 (106 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


Upgrade Home Wifi Network
Created by Dulouz, last reply by michaelmurfy on 19-Feb-2017 13:36 (14 replies)

Asta la Vista, baby
Created by sen8or, last reply by gehenna on 20-Feb-2017 17:04 (10 replies)

Anyone went from a dSLR to mirrorless for most of your photography?
Created by rayonline, last reply by Camden on 17-Feb-2017 22:02 (10 replies)

AntiVirus - If I have a choice?
Created by jackyleunght2002, last reply by Lias on 16-Feb-2017 17:48 (30 replies)
Pages... 2


Any server room guys here? We're moving into one of your old buildings. What are these cables?
Created by b0rg, last reply by b0rg on 20-Feb-2017 16:34 (8 replies)