Skype for Business will soon make its way into Volvo luxury vehicles allowing conference and business calls to happen on-the-fly.
Chinese Geely-owned Swedish carmaker Volvo has struck a deal with Microsoft that will see its new 90 series luxury vehicles the S90, V90 and XC90 SUV.
The normally video-based software app will not permit distracting video functions, only voice conference call functions.
Anders Tylman-Mikiewicz, the Volvo VP of Consumer Connectivity services says it’s another white collar gripe solved.
“We’ve all been there,” he said in the Volvo press release. “Sitting in the car trying to join a conference call. You either fumble or drop your phone while trying to connect or your forget the pin code to join. On top of all that, your attention is not where it should be – on the road.”
“Skype for Business represents another big step forward for our in-car connectivity and communication offer. With the dawn of autonomous cars we see a future where flexible in-car productivity tools will enable people to reduce time spent in the office,” he said.
With dealer retail pricing of the S90 between $65,000 and $78,000 and the XC90 pushing $80,000 to nearly $100,000 in Australia, this connectivity does not come cheap.