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[YesAuto Smart Car Link Evaluation] Car multimedia player makes the journey no longer boring, and as the Internet gradually integrates into mobile tools, car interconnection has further changed our daily travel. We were originally only able to enjoy radio or local music on the road. Not only can you search for audio programs online in a moving vehicle, smart assistants and human customer service can also help users complete functions such as searching for points of interest and delivering navigation destinations. With the official launch of Volvo Asia Pacific XC40 on the Chinese market, the Sensus system with intelligent connectivity function also came to us with the car. Today we will use the car home intelligent vehicle linkage evaluation system to test whether the car’s network linkage function can be effective. Our daily travel brings enough convenience.

Volvo Asia Pacific XC40 is expected to have five models that will be launched in advance, including four T4 (2.0T low power) and one T5 (2.0T high power) versions. All models are equipped with Sensus intelligent connection system as standard, depending on the model configuration. , The internal functions are also different. This time we tested the T5 model with the highest configuration, and the internal functions of its intelligent connection system are also the most comprehensive. Can this player from the Nordic countries who focus on the luxury market perform at the level of “luxury” in the intelligent connection? We then look down.

Overall, the Sensus system has reached a qualified level in terms of human-computer interaction and functions, and it is basically not a problem to meet daily use. Compared with other domestic interconnected systems, the Sensus system is currently unable to connect with the ecosystems under Ali or Tencent, so it is still in its infancy in terms of service ecology. As the integration of each individual in the network gradually deepens, the future of the ecosystem is still worth looking forward to.

Human-vehicle interaction

The human-vehicle interaction system is the first impression of a car machine. The size of the screen, interface resolution, button feel, touch screen feedback sensitivity, UI interface design, etc. all affect the user’s daily operating system’s favorability. Whether it can meet the daily needs of users will also affect the enthusiasm of potential customers to buy cars to a certain extent.

The voice recognition function is standard in many intelligent connected systems, and its advantage is that it does not occupy the driver's attention too much. The XC40's voice control system must press the voice start button on the steering wheel, and only after the system prompts the sound to give out instructions, and does not support voice command wake-up. The natural speech recognition ability of the speech recognition system is not strong, and the commands issued still need to be mainly command sentences.

In terms of human-computer interaction, the XC40 is still very friendly in design. The combination of LCD instrument + central touch screen is also in line with its brand positioning. The overall design is as simple as IKEA, and it can be said that there is no problem in the design. . The Sensus Connect system has certain points of loss in voice control. First of all, it does not support voice command wake-up and does not have the ability to recognize natural voices. This is different from many Chinese brand systems.

● Other hardware and software equipment

In terms of other hardware, some high-end models of the XC40 are equipped with a Harman Kardon audio system with 13 speakers as standard. In addition to active acoustic processing technology, there is also a major feature of its “AIR WOOFER” technology, which is the original The speakers were moved to the dashboard, which not only greatly increased the door storage capacity, but also improved the sound quality.

Function realization

After talking about the hardware level, let's take a look at how the XC40 system functions perform. First of all, we start with the commonly used radio, entertainment, navigation and other functions. These functions are the most frequently used in our daily travel. Whether the access function is simple, whether the resources are abundant, and whether the navigation setting is convenient will affect the user's actual car experience.

The FM/AM radio and local playback functions are basically the same as those of other models. There are no outstanding features. The only thing worth mentioning is that the XC40 provides Douban FM, which is convenient for users to listen to music online through the Internet. However, Douban FM mainly listens to songs and music, and lacks the audiobooks that older users like. It is hoped that it can be added to the system in the future.

The car’s built-in navigation function is quite rich. In addition to manually setting the destination, users can also search through the App or manual customer service and send it to the car, which is relatively convenient to use. From the system, we can see that the map data required for navigation can also be downloaded to the car in advance, and offline map navigation can also be used once the car enters a weak signal area.

In terms of other functions, even the top version of XC40, the panoramic imaging system needs to be installed as an option, but I think this function is still more practical. The four cameras stitched together have a higher picture definition, and each camera can also be used. Select the display separately, daily use can reduce the existence of blind spots, it is recommended that users choose it.

The Bluetooth phone function is basically the same as other systems. After connecting to the mobile phone, in addition to making calls and accessing the address book, the system can also request the system to broadcast text messages. The on-board Wi-Fi function is also standard in the system. This function is realized by the SIM card built into the system, but the official has not yet announced the information on the tariff. Both the system and the car application have the OTA online upgrade function, and the mobile phone wireless charging function is also standard, which is also a very popular technology configuration nowadays.

On the whole, the Sensus system performs quite well in terms of functions. The commonly used functions can basically be configured. At the same time, there are a little extra points in the panoramic image, OTA remote upgrade, etc., which is fully capable of daily use.

Service ecology

In order for drivers to completely abandon the use of mobile phones in the car, the in-vehicle system should have some common functions of mobile phones. From the current stage, the layout of the service ecology is very important. It can not only improve the sense of grade during daily travel and car use, but also It can bring some convenience to travel, so we have included the service ecology in the evaluation system.

In terms of service ecology, what Volvo does best is safety. First of all, the XC40 has two buttons on the top of the cockpit. After pressing the On Call button, you can contact the human customer service to ask for help in the case of vehicle failure. If the user needs emergency assistance in a serious traffic accident, he can get official assistance by pressing the SOS button. The remote control function of the mobile phone App is also good, which can realize remote control of door locks, air conditioning and other systems. In the hot summer, you can start the vehicle and turn on the air conditioning in advance. The convenience and comfort are in place.

Communication Favorability

At present, voice has become the mainstream way of interaction, but the intelligence of the voice assistant determines how people use it. At this stage, some are smart co-pilots who understand you and can bring you pleasure, while some are co-pilots who can answer the questions that are not asked. Therefore, an in-vehicle system that can be called smart should at least understand you, and secondly, it can bring pleasure.

At present, the voice recognition function of the Sensus system is still at a relatively basic stage, and it does not have a good ability to recognize natural speech. In addition, the voice recognition function is still only capable of one question and one answer. Compared with many Chinese brand models that can achieve three functions of natural speech + coherent sentence + wake-up word wake-up, Volvo still needs to improve in terms of communication favorability.

Auto Home Smart Car Association Evaluation
Rank Model Human-computer interaction Function realization Service ecology Communication Favorability Total score
1

BYD Han

DiLink3.0

106.4 95 62 40 90.72
2

Roewe RX5 PLUS

Zebra VENUS 4.0

91.3 89.2 83 70 87.94
3

Qi Chenxing

Kaichen Zhilian System 4.0

91.5 92.8 74.0 20.0 85.95
4 Nezha U
Pivot system
99.0 94.9 26.0 60.0 84.05
5

Haval F5

86.5 85.2 60.0 30.0 79.05
6

Roewe RX5

Zebra 3.0

83.6 81.2 66.0 50.0 78.08
7

Star Way LX

83.7 91.7 36.0 30.0 77.86
8

Territory S

87 93.2 20.0 40.0 77.70
9 AIWAYS U5
AI-OS system
86.5 84.0 46.0 50.0 77.35
10

Changan CS75 PLUS

Wutong Auto Union

89.5 95.2 8.0 30.0 77.15
50 Volvo XC40
Sensus
75.4 76.5 20.0 10.0 64.37

● Article summary:

From a functional point of view, the Volvo Sensus system is relatively comprehensive in terms of basic functions. By connecting to the network, it can not only listen to online music, but also realize online navigation, mobile phone App remote control, car Wi-Fi and other functions. However, the lack of travel ecology and the lack of interactive voice recognition system still have a lot of room for improvement. Therefore, there is still a big gap between the scores and the systems on many Chinese brand models. I hope that Volvo can continue to strengthen Sensus in the future. The functions of the system are better integrated into the networked ecosystem.