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Skype while driving: Volvo to integrate Skype into semi-autonomous vehicles

Volvo has announced it will introduce a Skype productivity app into its 90 Series vehicles, enabling owners of the semi-autonomous vehicles to make Skype calls from their car dashboard.

Volvo New Zealand general manager Coby Duggan says the integration demonstrates the potential for advancing productivity while driving.

“Volvo’s vision is to produce a seamless transition from the office to the car allowing us to spend less time behind a desk,” says Duggan.

“As autonomous driving technology develops, reducing the need for drivers to have their full attention on the road, new concepts are being developed which will allow them to better utilise their time while travelling,” he explains.

Duggan says the Skype app is actively used by millions of people at work around the globe and drivers will be able to view their upcoming meetings, participant details, and join meetings with one click via the large centre display.

Ben Canning, Microsoft’s director of product management for Skype for Business, says the integration follows a global trend towards workplace mobility

“Volvo is leading the way in its recognition that the nature of work is increasingly mobile. People need to be productive from anywhere – including their cars,” says Canning.

“We’re thrilled to extend modern meetings to Volvo cars,” he says.

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