Volvo Cars and Polestar have launched new models that use Google’s operating system for their information system. Volvo has also announced that the system will be installed in updated models in the coming years. But in the next generation of cars, Volvo will use information systems from Geely-owned EcarX.
Last year, the Geely-owned technology company EcarX moved to Gothenburg to establish its European office. And now EcarX and Volvo Cars confirm a cooperation agreement for the information system of the future in cars from Volvo and Polestar.
EcarX has previously worked with car brands within the Geely Group, such as Lynk & Co, Geely and Proton, and the agreement is proof of the expanded collaboration that Volvo Cars and Geely Holdings announced two weeks ago when the plans for a merger between Geely Auto and Volvo Cars was set aside.
EcarX and Volvo Cars will develop an information system and just like the system from Google, EcarX’s operating system is based on Google Android. The newly developed system that EcarX and Volvo make together will be able to be sold to other brands within the Group but also to car brands outside the group.
Head office in Gothenburg
The collaboration between EcarX and Volvo Cars will be led by Jan-Erik Larsson, today Volvo’s development manager in China. During the latter part of 2021, the collaboration will be a joint company with headquarters in Gothenburg.
EcarX’s operations in Europe are led from Gothenburg by Peter Rogbart. The company was started in China by Geely four years ago and has in a short time been established as the Group’s developer of information systems. The company has 70-100 employees in Gothenburg and the new company will also hire new employees during the summer.
Volvo Cars and Polestar were the first car manufacturers to introduce Google-based operating systems in the Polestar 2 and XC40 Recharge P8 AWD models. Volvo Car’s development manager Henrik Green says in a comment on the collaboration with EcarX that Volvo can now accelerate development and build on what was created together with Google.