Volvo Partners with Ericsson for In-Car Video

Volvo and chill.

Discussions on autonomous vehicles are often accompanied by a romantic image of a passenger leisurely surfing the web or catching up with his or her favorite TV show, all while the car pilots itself. Now, Volvo has brought this idea one step closer to reality through a partnership with Swedish tech company Ericsson.

This pairing aims to deliver streaming in-car video to autonomous vehicles in the future. Instead of offering unlimited streaming, Volvo and Ericsson look to harness what they call "smart" buffering, where the on-board navigation system calculates the travel time to buffer the video to deliver an uninterrupted stream. Volvo doesn't say exactly what this means, but does say it allows for the creation of video segments specifically tailored for each trip.

This in-car streaming service could presumably be integrated into Volvo's recent concept interior that previews what we can expect to find inside a future self-driving Volvo. Called the Volvo Concept 26, the prototype interior crucially does not entirely remove the driver from the process, but instead works in tandem. The driver engages "autopilot" using two paddles on the steering column, and retakes control when the system prompts them to. A major feature of the Concept 26 is the large video screen, which allows for video and other content that is "curated" by the Volvo's computer.

Look for more information on Volvo's in-car video in the near future.

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