Volvo adds Skype to 2017 models

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Swedish car company, Volvo has announced it is adding the Skype video chat and voice call system to its 90 Series, models including the XC90, in what they say is another step towards autonomous vehicles.

Volvo confirmed today that the Skype for Business app would be a standard feature that will allow owners to view their upcoming meetings and participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.

“We’ve all been there. Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble with or drop your phone while trying to connect or you forget the long pin code to join.” said Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz Vice President Consumer Connectivity Services at Volvo Car Group.

“It’s not the best way to start an important call in the car. On top of all that your attention is not where it should be – on the road. With the addition of Skype for Business all that goes away,”

“With the dawn of autonomous cars, we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office.

“This is just the beginning of a completely new way of looking at how we spend time in the car.”