Owners of semi-autonomous vehicles in New Zealand will soon be able to make Skype calls from their dashboard – and Volvo appears to be leading the way.
The Chinese-owned Swedish carmaker has said it will equip its premium 90 series vehicles, the XC90 SUV (above) and S90 sedan (below), with a Skype productivity app.
Volvo New Zealand general manager Coby Duggan says the integration demonstrates the potential for advancing productivity while driving.
“Volvo’s vision is to produce a seamless transition from the office to the car allowing us to spend less time behind a desk,” he said.
“As autonomous driving technology develops, reducing the need for drivers to have their full attention on the road, new concepts are being developed which will allow them to better utilise their time while traveling.”
Duggan said the Skype app is actively used by millions of people at work around the globe and drivers will be able to view their upcoming meetings, participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.
Ben Canning, Microsoft’s director of product management for Skype for Business, said the integration follows a global trend towards workplace mobility.
“Volvo is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile,” he said. “People need to be productive from anywhere – including their cars.”