Volvo Collaborate With Spotify For All Your Infotainment Needs
The only thing better than having your very own KITT would be having your very own KITT who also happened to be a DJ.
Everybody knows KITT. But for the benefit of the seven people who don’t, KITT was the name of David Hasselhoff’s sentient car in Knight Rider. KITT stands for Knight Industries Two Thousand, and it’s a heavily modified Pontiac Trans Am that’s capable of communicating in Hal 9000 tones using a red strip of light in lieu of a mouth.
Anybody who’s seen more than six seconds of any episode of Knight Rider will want their own KITT. To answer the desperate prayers of the masses, Volvo are finally making that dream a reality. Sort of.
Volvo & Spotify
Volvo have teamed up with digital music service Spotify to create an intuitive, voice activated music system that’s seamlessly integrated into the dashboard through Volvo’s Sensus Connected Touch.
Using this system, you can now stream music from Spotify using either your mobile phone connection or a 3G/4G dongle. In a move that will appeal to everyone on the planet, all you have to do is state the name of the song you want to hear. Spotify will then do the rest. If the song’s in their system, it will soon start playing.
The voice control not only makes you feel like David Hasselhoff, it also allows you to remain connected whilst driving. Sensus Connected Touch transforms the 7-inch display into an infrared beam-scanned touch screen that – for the first time ever in a car – can even be controlled whilst wearing gloves.
There’s An App For That
Based on Android technology, Sensus Connected Touch can be augmented with all manner of apps, including (but not limited to) Google Maps, TuneIn and iGO navigation. Should you use a dongle, your passengers can even access the internet via Wi-Fi.
Most exciting, though, is the Roadtrip function. This system can read out information from Wikipedia as you pass certain sites of interest on your journey. It’s like having Stephen Fry or Billy Connolly in the car!
OK, we might not yet be at the stage where your car can greet you by name in soothing tones as you enter. But being able to shout out song requests whilst you’re regaled with fascinating information concerning the world around you? I doubt even KITT had that function.