Google Assistant

A smarter journey, powered by voice.

Drivers today expect more from their cars. From the best in music and entertainment to keeping up with busy schedules and communications, vehicle owners increasingly rely on their cars to deliver enjoyable and productive rides. jsense worked with Google and Volvo to design and prototype a voice-forward smart vehicle, extending the Google Assistant into the future of Volvo's award winning Sensus infotainment system. Moving beyond connecting your phone to your car's speakers, the next generation system delivers a seamless, intelligent experience that is deeply tied to all vehicle controls. The in-vehicle Google Assistant allows drivers to do everything from open the sunroof to check traffic with just their voice, and enriches on-screen infotainment apps with smart contextual suggestions.

Hitting the road in late 2020 with the Volvo XC40 (model year 2021). Some elements showcased here are future looking or conceptual.

Your thoughtful assistant, from the start of your journey

From the moment the driver turns on their vehicle, smart suggestions orchestrated by the Assistant provide users with one touch actions based on the current context. On the way to a meeting? Share your ETA with the organizer in one tap. When it's time to fill up or do maintenance, taking care of your vehicle is a breeze with the help of the Assistant.

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Deep contextual suggestions

Beyond assisting drivers via voice, the Assistant will bring app- and context-based suggestions on screen throughout apps in the Sensus infotainment suite.

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Immersive Conversations

We designed and prototyped the Immersive Conversation framework as a way to provide more contextual information and controls relevant to a user's intent during a conversation with the Assistant. With this enhancement, drivers can complete any flow via voice or simplified on-screen controls. Enlarged on screen options and reduced text density help limit eye time off the road.

Prototyping & Testing

We tested functional prototypes at the Google automotive research lab to gather feedback, refine, and ensure compliance with driver distraction/safety guidelines.

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An extension of your team

The best design comes from close collaboration. Let's work together to create something great.

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