66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 30

V O LV O T O PA R T N E R W I T H GOOGLE FOR N E X T- G E N I N FOTA I N M E N T SYSTEM Volvo has announced it will embed Google Assistant, Google Play Store and Google Maps in future model infotainment systems. Volvo has announced it is working with Google to embed the voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, based on Google’s Android operating system. The carmaker says a Google partnership will enhance the way its customers interact with their cars. Apps and services developed by Google and Volvo will be embedded in the car, plus thousands of additional apps will be available through the Google Play Store that are optimised and adapted for Android-based car infotainment systems. Since the next generation of Sensus will run on Android, new apps and software updates will be available in real-time and automatically applied. Volvo says this will allow it to react to customer needs and offer drivers up-to-date information and predictive services. “Bringing Google services into Volvo will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services,” said Henrik Green, senior vice president of research and development at Volvo. “Soon, Volvo drivers will have direct access to thousands of in-car apps that make L E X U S L AU N C H E S A L L- N E W U X LUXURY CROSSOVER SUV Lexus has announced a bold new compact crossover SUV is to join its New Zealand line-up. The UX will be available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive format, with the option of Lexus hybrid electric powertrains. Lexus New Zealand will offer seven variants of its eye-catching, UX crossover SUV when it is launched here in February 2019. No less than five models will be powered by Lexus’ fourth 28 66 MagAzine SUMMER 2018 generation self-charging hybrid electric engine. The UX sets the agenda for the luxury small SUV market with bold exterior design cues and imaginative technology thoughtfully packaged daily life easier and the connected in-car experience more enjoyable.” Google Assistant will provide a central voice interface for the car that allows drivers to control in-car functions such as air conditioning and use apps to play music and send messages. Google Maps will also enable the next generation of Sensus to provide refreshed map and traffic data in real time and proactively suggest alternative routes to avoid congestion. The first Android-based infotainment system is intended to be launched by 2021 up with the unique touch of Lexus’ signature takumi craftmanship. Comprehensively equipped in base, F Sport and Limited grades, the UX will be offered with a complementary range of specification that amplifies the vehicle’s imaginative technology, safety and luxury specifications. On-road performance comes courtesy of a highly efficient 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine in the conventional UX 200, or self-charging hybrid-electric UX 250h configurations. Drivers will have a choice of front-wheel drive in both powertrains or all-wheel drive in the self- charging hybrid electric powertrain option, with prices starting from $59,900 + ORCs for the UX 200 FWD petrol model. The innovative all- wheel drive E-Four provides electric motor drive to the rear axle, automatically providing extra grip in slippery conditions at lower speeds. The Lexus Safety System+ package comes as standard in every UX. This includes a pre- crash safety system with day and night-time pedestrian detection and day-time cyclist detection, All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist with lane centering function, automatic high beam (adaptive high beam system for F Sport and Limited), and Road Sign Assist. Twelve exterior colour options will be available including the distinctive Terrane Khaki, Blazing Carnelian and Celestial Blue