Volvo EX30 deliveries delayed due to software glitches

The delivery of Europe’s cheapest China-built Volvo, the EX30, is getting behind schedule due to a necessary update of the car’s software based on Google’s Android Automotive operating system. A few glitches must be solved before software version 1.2 can be installed, as it “does not yet meet all the requirements necessary to be released”.

Automotive News Europe (ANE) picked up the news of the much-needed software update when dealers in Germany were notified, and it was confirmed when we picked up a press test car in Belgium. We were told that not all functions might be working as expected, as Volvo first wants to have the 1.2 version ready. If all goes well, that should be a matter of  ‘days’ or ‘weeks’.

To be installed at dealerships

However, as the installation is too complex for an over-the-air update, it has to be done at the dealerships before delivering to customers. This update should have started on Tuesday this week, a source told ANE.

Like it or lump it, Volvo has chosen Android Automotive to operate its central display with all entertainment, navigation, and car preferences in one single display. A classic dashboard behind the wheel or a head-up display is missing.

Android Automotive OS (AAOS) is an interpretation of Google’s Android smartphone operating system, tailored for car use. It was first introduced in March 2017 as a platform co-developed by Google and Intel, together with car manufacturers like Volvo and Audi.

Driving-related issues

According to ANE sources at Volvo, version 1.2 of the operating software for the EX30 contains some Google certifications and critical updates, among other things that need to be addressed before it can be rolled out.

On Volvo’s website, you can read the update containing some significant enhancements like “improved stability of the infotainment system, but also more important driving-related issues like engine remote start improvements, minor improvements in the accuracy of traffic sign recognition, enhanced availability of driver assistance functions, and modifications for drive optimization”.

EX90 and Polestar 3 delayed

It’s not the first time software has been a major stumbling block for delivering new cars on time. The Volkswagen Group was not the only car manufacturer struggling with the software development of a next-generation EV platform, with the electric Porsche Macan and Audi Q6 e-tron suffering from delays.

Also, Volvo and Polestar announced similar delays with the technically related EX90 and Polestar 3 in May last year. Delays in software development made it so that neither the Volvo EX90 nor Polestar 3 were expected before 2024 rather than the second half of 2023.

This means the Volvo EX90 will start production in the first half of 2024 rather than Q4 2023, while the Polestar 3 will be produced from Q1 2024. This clearly impacts the latter’s first Belgian deliveries, which were supposed to start in Q4 2023. Today, the Polestar website mentions an estimated delivery date of Q3 2024.

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