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(Pocket-lint) – Volvo has confirmed that its next electric SUV, the EX90, will be compatible with Google HD Maps, with highly detailed and up-to-date maps.
The updated Google HD map will be available on the upcoming EX90 as well as the Polestar 3, says Volvo, which is keen to highlight its long-standing collaboration with the technology company.
Google’s HD maps will provide more detailed and up-to-date information, but that’s just the beginning, Volvo says. The Swedish group intends to use the new map to aid its pilot assistance function by integrating it with lidars, cameras and radars.
The idea is that assisted driving functions such as lane departure assist and more advanced self-driving options will be able to use all the data the EX90 has, whether it comes from the eight cameras, five radars, lidar scanner or map information from Google.
“Implementing Google HD Maps in our future cars will allow us to provide our drivers with a more comfortable driving experience and in the future help introduce safe autonomous driving,” said Javier Varela, Chief Operating Officer and Vice General Manager. Google’s HD map won’t be the company’s only presence either. Drivers will also be able to rely on Google Assistant and the Google Play Store.
As for the EX90 itself, it will be built in the US and China starting sometime this year. We don’t know how much it will cost, but chances are it won’t be cheap – especially if you opt for the 600km range model.
Written by Oliver Haslam.