The company's latest tech is bearing fruit.
Other than the unfortunate demise of the V60 and V90 wagons, Volvo has had an excellent year. The stylish new C40 Recharge entered production earlier in October, bolstering the brand's lineup of EVs. The Swedish automaker has also introduced some welcome technologies such as a slick Android-powered infotainment system for models like the XC60. Now, Volvo has announced the launch of over-the-air (OTA) updates for select 2021 and 2022 Volvo models in the US. This will allow existing and future Volvo owners to enjoy new features on their cars over time.
While automakers like Tesla have successfully implemented OTA updates for some time, this is the first time Volvo is doing the same. Known as software version 1.7, this update is applicable to the XC40 Recharge as well as 2022 versions of the XC60, XC60 Recharge, and XC60 Polestar Engineered. One of the main additions will be SiriusXM satellite radio for all eligible vehicles. The XC40 Recharge will also benefit from a better range and a Range App that optimizes battery usage. Cold weather warnings for the best battery performance are included too. Last week, we reported on the XC40 Recharge's improved 223-mile range and the new Range App.
Outside of the XC40 Recharge, all Volvos eligible for the update will enjoy enhancements to the infotainment system, bug fixes, and other new features. Owners with eligible Volvos will receive a notification on the car's infotainment screen that indicates when the update is ready to be downloaded and installed.
It's just a matter of time before OTA updates become the norm across the industry as 2021 has seen rapid progress in this area. In February, BMW launched its biggest OTA update yet, and the newly launched Range Rover offers OTA updates for over 70 electronic modules. Volvo now joins these premium automakers in offering this impressive tech to US customers too, which should further bolster the brand's sales.