Over 33 years after the cult TV Series Knight Rider (with David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff having interesting man-to-car conversations with the legendary K.I.T.T.) ended, Volvo and Microsoft are introducing voice control, made possible by a small device you can wear on your wrist as if it were a watch.
Microsoft Band 2 will allow new Volvo owners to talk to their car via Volvo's mobile app ''Volvo on Call'' and the connected wearable device, allowing them to instruct their vehicle to, for example, set the navigation, start the heater, lock the doors, flash the lights or sound the horn. This exciting new possibility to connect to your Volvo with voice control will be available for customers in Volvo on Call-enabled markets this spring.
Last November, Volvo and and Microsoft announced their collaboration with the first automotive application of HoloLens technology – the world's first fully untethered holographic computer, "which could be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter, explore and even buy their car." The second phase of their co-operation in developing technologies of the future is delivering the Microsoft Band 2.
"Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilising the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities," said Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrics/Electronics and E-Propulsion at Volvo Car Group.