The designers and engineers behind Volvo’s new XC90 have revised the way drivers operate their cars by dispensing with the normal array of buttons and replacing them with a large touchscreen, a heads-up display and buttons on the steering wheel.
This ensures that drivers of the new Volvo XC90 will be able to keep their eyes on the road as much as possible while operating or making adjustments to the system. It also uses the car’s interior space far more efficiently and offers a range of additional benefits such as integrated cloud-based applications for music streaming and other services, such as the world’s first integrated Park and Pay application, and the ability to mirror and use Apple iOS devices in the touch screen display.
Volvo’s new interface, part of ‘Sensus’, incorporates the latest touch screen hardware and software and also includes thumb-reach controls on the steering wheel and state-of-the-art voice control. The touchscreen can be used even while wearing gloves because of the usage of infrared technology on top of the existing touch surface.
The layout on the portrait screen can be described as a stack of flexible ‘tiles’, each displaying a key functionality. Navigation is on top, followed by media and telephone. A thin notification band is located above the tiles, while the digital climate controls form the base of the pile.