Owners of certain Volvo and Polestar models will soon be able to watch Amazon Prime Video content inside their cars.
An update to the Android Automotive operating system in Volvo and Polestar vehicles will see the Prime Video streaming service available to download via the built-in Google Play app store.
Drivers can then watch Amazon Prime Video content – such as the new Mammals series with James Corden – using the infotainment screen of their Volvo or Polestar.
“Adding access to services such as Prime Video and YouTube in our cars bolsters the continuously growing list of software and applications to make lives for our drivers better,” said Erik Severinson, global head of new car programmes at Volvo. “We are delivering on our promise of building cars that grow with our customers over time.”
Access to YouTube video streaming will become available for Volvo models in the near-future, too.
YouTube access was added to the Polestar 2 earlier this year, as part of the electric car’s 15th over-the-air software update so far.
Safety comes first
In the name of safety, access to both Amazon Prime Video and YouTube streaming content is limited to when the car is fully stationary. This might include time spent waiting for an electric car to charge, for example.
Prime Video will be offered through the Google Play app store, while YouTube access will be added to Volvo models via an over-the-air software update. The rollout of Amazon Prime Video starts on 18 September 2023, with a market-by-market approach.
All Volvo cars with built-in Google operating systems will be able to receive the new updates, other than those located in China, South Korea and Vietnam.
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