When it comes to interiors, Volvo tends to stick to the simpler the better rule. The company recently announced that it will be fully reflected in the forthcoming EX90. The new model will receive a simplified front panel, which is designed to save the driver from information overload.
As with the current lineup, Volvo installed two screens in the EX90. The infotainment will be significantly larger and portrait-oriented. It will host navigation, multimedia and telephone controls. Volvo says the screen will display information “depending on the context.” If you are just driving, multimedia information will be displayed on the panel at the bottom, if you are on a phone, smartphone controls will appear, if it is cold, climate buttons will appear, etc.
Behind the steering wheel, a smaller, horizontally oriented screen will be installed that will display driving-related information such as speed, direction of travel, remaining charge, and more. Volvo also wants to use a screen behind the steering wheel to provide the driver with comprehensive support, meaning the car will tell you about the environment, signs, clear lanes and vehicles nearby, in front and behind.
Over time, the Swedish company says it will update its driver assistance systems to include “autonomous driving without human intervention.” The degree of non-participation will depend on the situation and type of road, so that the driver knows exactly when he can safely rely on autonomous systems and when not. “It’s not about the number of buttons, screens and menus, it’s about being able to get the right information at the right time,” says Tomas Stovicek, Head of UX at Volvo Cars. “We want driving to be easy and safe. And because the car understands the environment and the driver better than ever before, we can minimize mode confusion, distractions and information overload.”