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Volvo is putting YouTube in its cars

YouTube playing on the screen in a Volvo C40
(Image credit: Volvo)

Volvo is bringing the YouTube video player to its cars which run on Google's operating system - so yes, you'll soon be able to watch YouTube videos in your Volvo.

First things first: Safety. Volvo has a long history of safety and you'll only be able to watch YouTube videos when the car is stationary - so while you're charging your electric car, waiting for a friend, or picking up takeout. 

If you have a few minutes to kill, you'll now be able to take advantage of the large screen in the center of your Volvo's dash and catch up on some unboxing videos.

And since Volvo offers unlimited data in its cars (varies by market), you will be able to watch YouTube as long as you want for no additional charge.

Which cars are getting YouTube?

YouTube video playback will come to all Volvo cars fitted with the Android Automotive OS - and at the time of writing that's the following vehicles.

YouTube playing on the screen in a Volvo C40

(Image credit: Volvo)

There's currently no exact release date for the YouTube app to appear in cars, a spokesperson for Volvo has told us it will be "soon (this year)" - which narrows it down to a 12 month period, so not really narrow at all.

When YouTube does become available, you'll be able to download it in the same way you currently do with the Spotify app.

There's more in the way of downloadable applications for Volvo cars on the horizon too, with the firm revealing soon you'll be able to "download navigation apps like Sygic and Flitsmeister, charging apps like Chargepoint and Plugshare, and parking apps like SpotHero and ParkWhiz where available."

John McCann
John McCann

John joined TechRadar a decade ago as Staff Writer for Phones, and over the years has built up a vast knowledge of the tech industry. He's interviewed CEOs of some of the world's biggest tech firms, visited their HQs and has appeared on live TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC News, BBC World News, Al Jazeera, LBC and BBC Radio 4. Originally specializing in phones, tablets and wearables, John is now TechRadar's resident automotive expert, reviewing the latest and greatest EVs and PHEVs on the market. John also looks after the day-to-day running of the site.