Volvo Cars will work with Microsoft jointly to develop next generation automotive technologies.
The two companies revealed how Microsoft HoloLens, an untethered holographic computer, might be used in future to redefine how customers first encounter and explore a car, as well as how cars might be bought and sold in future.
Areas of future collaboration between the two companies could include autonomous driving technologies and the utilization of data generated from connected cars to create new services.
The HoloLens demonstration was conducted at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, USA, and showed how mixed reality might be used by customers to configure cars in three dimensions. With HoloLens, a powerful, wearable computer, holograms are mixed into the physical world.
The demonstration marks the beginning of longer term cooperation between Volvo and Microsoft that will embrace a range of new technologies. One area of focus will be autonomous driving. Other areas of cooperation are expected to include how information gathered by cars and their drivers can be used to enhance the driving experience and the possibility of using predictive analytics to improve safety.