You see, as per the Google announcement, access to YouTube on the large screens in the car will only be permitted when the cars are stationary. That’s supposed to make using YouTube safe, and the boring wait, at say charging stations, worthwhile and more enjoyable, according to the Swedes.
“Volvo Cars does not compromise on safety and will only allow for videos to be played when the car’s is fully stationary,” it says in a statement.
YouTube should become available on Android Automotive-equipped cars later this year, but at the moment, we’re left with a number of questions about how this is supposed to work.
The biggest of them all has to do with the time a car has to spend in the same spot for the system to unlock YouTube. Sure, Volvo is right in pointing out that using the video app while stationary is as safe as it gets, but people have always proven very creative in circumventing restrictions, and having, for instance, the smallest of glitches allowing YouTube to run after a few seconds’ stop might prove tricky.
We'll have to wait for the first full integration of the system to arrive to get answers. Coincidently, it is Volvo who will become the first automaker “to integrate an infotainment system powered by Android with Google apps and services built in.”