With the way technology has advanced over the past few years, it seems like more and more companies are joining forces to make the world a more connected place. Volvo and Microsoft have already been in bed together, bringing HoloLense technology to the automotive front back in November. Now, it looks like the two companies are about to pop out another love child – this time in the form of a wearable, enabled voice control system.

With the use of Volvo’s "Volvo on Call" and an on-call enabled car, consumers will be able to give voice commands to their car through the Microsoft Band 2. Vice President of Electronics for Volvo, Thomas Muller said, "Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilizing the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control, we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities."

That functionality he is talking about is the ability to lock your car doors, start the heater, program navigation, and even flash the lights or honk the horn. Surely, there will be additional functionalities like remote start and possibly even locating the car by GPS, should you forget where to park. Volvo isn’t the first manufacturer to bring some kind of car control via a mobile device, but this is functionality is the first of its kind as far as performing tasks from a wearable device. This voice control technology will become available in spring of this year.

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 Volvo and Microsoft Enable People To Talk To Their Cars
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I’m all for taking advantage of the greatest advancements in technology. The ability to give voice commands to your car via a wearable device is pretty cool, but in all reality most of the initial functions can be done with a traditional key fob – aside from navigation directions, which can be sent via a smartphone. At the end of the day, I think this technology will evolve into something very useful – like calling your autonomous car to your location or for security purposes, but until then, this seems like another one of those status symbol types of capabilities. You’ll have it just to have it, not because it makes your life much easier.

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More than 33 years after the popular American TV show Knight Rider showed David ‘The Hoff’ Hasselhoff talking to his car KITT, Volvo and Microsoft are launching a wearable-enabled voice control system.

 Volvo and Microsoft Enable People To Talk To Their Cars
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Volvo owners will be able to talk to their car via their Microsoft Band 2, allowing them to instruct their vehicle to perform tasks including, setting the navigation, starting the heater, locking the doors, flashing the lights or sounding the horn via Volvo’s mobile app Volvo on Call and the connected wearable device.

In November 2015 Volvo and Microsoft announced their high-profile collaboration with the first automotive application of HoloLens technology. HoloLens is the world’s first fully untethered holographic computer, which could be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter, explore and even buy car. Now the two companies are delivering remote voice control for Volvo cars via the Microsoft Band 2 as another proof-point in their ambition to jointly develop next generation automotive technologies.

“Volvo is intent on making the car experience as easy and convenient as possible by utilising the latest technology in the most relevant and inspiring ways. With voice control we are only just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible with digital assistant functionalities,” said Thomas Müller, Vice President Electrics/ Electronics & E-Propulsion at Volvo Car Group.

 Volvo and Microsoft Enable People To Talk To Their Cars
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In recent times Volvo Cars’ has begun to focus closely on innovations outside the traditional automotive arena, keen on opening up potential partnerships and new business models.

“When innovating we are not interested in technology for the sake of technology. If a technology does not make a customer’s life easier, better, safer or more fun, we don’t use it. Let’s face it – who hasn’t dreamed of talking to their car via a wrist worn wearable?” said Klas Bendrik Senior Vice President and Group Chief Information Officer at Volvo Car Group.

"Our ongoing partnership with Volvo continues to bring ground breaking technology to enhance the automotive experience," said Peggy Johnson, Executive Vice President of business development at Microsoft. "Together with Volvo, we’re just beginning to understand the potential that technology has to improve driver safety and productivity."

The new possibility to connect to a Volvo with voice control through Microsoft Band 2 will be available for customers in Volvo on Call enabled markets in spring 2016.

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