Volvo’s IT boss says the Swedish automaker’s commitment to safety includes the promise to protect its customers from having their vehicles hacked. Volvo Chief Information Officer Klas Bendrik also believes that the company’s connected car features need to be easy to use, affordable and provide tangible benefits. He explained why in an interview with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Olive Keogh.
What is Volvo’s main focus when it comes to its connected car strategy?
As a human-centric company our focus is on ease of use and how our customers can benefit from driving a connected Volvo.
Is the fear of hacking of connected vehicles leading you to work with new security partners?
Yes to some extent, but if you are already working within IT in a global company you are used to working with various dimensions around security. Safety is one of our core values and a major concern for Volvo. We treat virtual safety as equally important. We are very serious about securing the capabilities of our services and products.