Global brand portal allows developers in the UAE to help create better Volvo cars in the world
Abu Dhabi, UAE: Al-Futtaim’s Trading Enterprises – Volvo has announced that Volvo Cars has launched a new innovation portal to allow developers from across the world to innovate and help create better cars for the future. Available for App developers in the UAE to share their innovations, the new Volvo Cars Innovation Portal will help the brand realise its ambition of elevating the overall customer experience through a vast offer of high-quality apps, easier and more convenient ownership, and even safer cars.
The portal makes a broad variety of resources and tools available for free, allowing external developers to create new innovative services and in-car apps. With the help of a wider development of software and services for its products, Volvo Cars aims to greatly increase the possibilities for its customers to make their Volvo cars more personal.
“Digital innovation remains at the forefront of Trading Enterprises – Volvo as we continue to develop applications and services offered to our customers through the web and smart devices,” said Oscar Rivoli, Managing Director at Al-Futtaim’s Trading Enterprises. “Volvo cars are becoming increasingly smarter and more connected, and with that comes a growing demand for apps and services among our customers. Availing these resources for UAE developers is a testament of the significance of the local market for Volvo Cars, and we look forward to see UAE developers join the platform and share innovations that could be implemented on Volvo vehicles both locally and globally.”
The portal’s resources are not only useful for developers, but also for researchers, smart-home tinkerers, and computer-savvy artists. By making these available, Volvo Cars continues its long tradition of sharing knowledge and research to contribute to safer roads for all.
The resources available on the Innovation Portal include a simulator that recreates the Android Automotive Operating System and Google apps used in new Volvos, providing developers with an accurate in-car experience of the system on their computer. This helpful tool supports app developers to design, develop, test and publish apps directly on Google Play in the car.
The platform will also feature the Extended Vehicle API (Application Programming Interface), marking the first time Volvo Cars offers an API to the public. With customers’ consent, the API allows developers and other third parties to access car dashboard data, such as charge/fuel level and distance travelled, and use it to build and provide new services. Additional data and data sources will be made available over time.
Other resources include a LiDAR dataset and a downloadable production 3D car model of the fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge. The LiDAR dataset is released together with Luminar, the global leader in automotive LiDAR hardware and software technology, and Duke University. It has been created using Luminar’s high performance LiDAR sensors, which detect objects around the car up to 250 metres away by scanning the environment with pulses of laser lights. This dataset can help researchers to improve algorithms related to long range LiDAR detection, a crucial element to create autonomous cars that are safe at high speeds and in complex traffic environments.
The high-fidelity 3D car model is developed in collaboration with Unity, the company behind the world’s leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content. Unity is used by creators ranging from game developers to artists, architects, filmmakers and automotive designers. The car model and an accompanying 3D environment are suitable for use in visualisation applications, virtual reality, cinematic experiences and car configurators. These resources are also available as base tools on Unity’s developer hub, where millions of Unity users get access to tutorials on how to use the template.
The Innovation Portal will grow continuously with more and more resources added over time. Within the next few months, a fully functional 3D car model will be released. It will feature digital replications of the car’s physical sensors, allowing users to test sensor data for research and education purposes. Developers will also be able to use the model to build new functions and services.
A subsidiary of the Al-Futtaim Automotive Group, Trading Enterprises was established in 1970s in Dubai and is the exclusive authorised distributor for Volvo in the UAE. It is empowered by a highly skilled and trained professional team to provide a complete car buying experience. Al-Futtaim Automotive is one of five divisions within the Al-Futtaim Group which provides quality products and services that enrich people’s lives and aspirations each and every day. For more information on Volvo’s online services in the UAE.
- All resources on the Innovation Portal are available for free for non-commercial purposes. Commercial usage of resources will be based on separate agreements.
- The Extended Vehicle API will initially only be available in Europe. Additional roll-outs will be announced at a later date.
- The Android Automotive OS emulator currently supports media apps.
- Google, Google Play and Android are trademarks of Google LLC.
- Luminar Technologies, Inc. (LAZR) is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market.
- Unity Technologies (NYSE: U) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
About Trading Enterprises – Volvo:
Trading Enterprises, part of Al-Futtaim Automotive, is the exclusive distributor of Volvo cars in the UAE since 1985. The ISO9001:2008 company represents the world-renowned Volvo cars brand well known for its intuitive innovations, safety, environmental performance and Scandinavian design through its sales and after-sales network in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Trading Enterprises – Volvo offers a complete range of premium mobility solutions in the premium segment that includes: Sedans (S60 and S90), Versatile estates (V60 and V90) and SUV vehicles (XC40, XC60 and XC90). Trading Enterprises is regarded as pioneers in the region by Volvo when it comes to adopting Volvo best practices and has introduced the region’s first Volvo Retail Experience Showroom and Volvo Personal Service – which offers a human-centric approach to sales and service.
About Al-Futtaim Automotive:
Al-Futtaim Automotive currently has a large portfolio of auto companies covering the full spectrum of automotive solutions, for both private customers and commercial interests. Spanning more than 25 global vehicle brands, its automotive businesses are located across over 170 physical locations covering the entire automotive value chain.
Established in the 1930s as a trading business, Al-Futtaim Group today is one of the most diversified and progressive, privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Structured into five operating divisions; automotive, financial services, real estate, retail and health; employing more than 42,000 employees in more than 20 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, we partner with over 200 of the world’s most admired and innovative brands. Al-Futtaim’s entrepreneurship and relentless customer focus enables the organization to continue to grow and expand; responding to the changing needs of our customers within the societies in which we operate. By upholding our values of respect, excellence, collaboration, integrity; Al-Futtaim continues to enrich the lives and aspirations of our customers each and every day.