Volvo is working to bring Spotify to its vehicles. Ericsson has announced it will provide its Connected Vehicle Cloud service to Volvo for future products, and Spotify streaming music is part of that service. Like Toyota Entune and other infotainment services, the Connected Vehicle Cloud will use the driver's smartphone as a modem to stream music and serve as a base for other applications, all of which will be controllable through the vehicle interface. Expect to see the service launch in 2014, though Ericsson stresses later generations will feature an embedded modem with its own SIM card that will piggyback off of the owner's phone data plan.

But that system won't show up in production vehicles until at least 2016. In the interim, Ericsson says it will continue to work with government agencies on its car-to-car communication efforts. That program could eventually help pave the way toward autonomous road trains capable of helping vehicles travel safely together while also reducing traffic congestion. Wired has a full break down of the Connected Vehicle Cloud strategy. You can read it here.

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      Jamie Elmhirst
      • 2 Years Ago
      The breathless excitement with which these "infotainment" announcements is a ridiculous. How many of Volvo's buying demographic even knows what the hell "Spotify" is. I sell cars for a living and I consider myself decently acquainted with modern technology and I've never heard of it. How many of these tech companies and apps will even exist in five years? People keep cars for a LONG time, especially Volvo owners. How quickly will all of this "infotainment" crap be totally out of date/useless/replaced with something much, much better?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jamie Elmhirst
        If you seriously don't know what Spotify is than you are not decently acquainted with modern technology. Spotify is one of the best music streaming apps in iOS, Android, PC and Mac.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who gives a frack?? I can "Spotify" ANY vehicle I get into by taking my phone out of my pocket. The most pathetic and possibly funniest part of all this is that this Volvo system won't even take it for ANOTHER WHOLE YEAR! Give it up already. And not just Volvo, but all these carmakers. Enough with this crap. You will NEVER be able to stay as current as phonemakers when it comes to stuff like this. Let me use my phone, and just give me a nice and easy way to control it with some real PHYSICAL buttons on the dashboard. That's the only thing I want from a car's "infotainment" device.
        John Ward
        • 2 Years Ago
        They should just install android tablets and be done with. Most of the automaker attempts suck compare to android and iOS. A standard would be nice but I doubt that will happen.
        Toronto St. Pats
        • 2 Years Ago
        Take it ez bro
      • 2 Years Ago
      im waiting for songza to make it in a car
      • 2 Years Ago
      For commuting purposes, an autonomous train would be kinda nice...if it flowed at 100mph.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Volvo could have a PR nightmare on their hands when the trial period is over and people try to cancel their Spotify subscriptions. Then, the owners will join the thousands of other complainants who have tried cancelled their subscriptions numerous times without success.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Doesn't the Chevy Spark already have a system like this? This aint new!
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