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The Ericsson Connected Vehicle Cloud (CVC) platform will be provided to Volvo Cars worldwide in a five-year deal which extends the two firms’ existing agreement. This is Ericsson’s largest supply contract for the CVC yet, and will form the basis for Volvo’s provision of in-car digital services such as telematics, navigation, infotainment and fleet management functions. The CVC also supports autonomous driving and other automated features which will be enabled by 5G.

It is supplied compliant with all regulation on safety, privacy and security. Åsa Tamsons, head of business area technologies and new businesses, explained in a statement: “Ericsson is providing a highly scalable and global platform for connected services to Volvo Cars. By removing complexity in areas such as data legislation and storage management, and improving services latency, our platform enhances the overall user experience of Volvo Cars’ connected services.”

Ericsson’s CVC partnership with Volvo dates from 2012, and the two Swedish companies have been working on, and introducing, solutions including over-the-air software updates and connected ecosystem management (involving stakeholders such as insurance firms and transport authorities), and vehicle-to-vehicle and -to-infrastructure communications, as well as telematics, navigation and infotainment services, such as Spotify music streaming.

Volvo recently confirmed the decision to embed Google-powered functions and services such as Assistant voice controls, Maps and the Play app store into its next-generation Sensus infotainment system, which is Android-based. One of the first models to feature this system will be the Polestar 2, due for launch in 2020, the company announced at the Los Angeles auto show this week.