“Honestly, we haven’t really thought about how we’re going to be offering all this new technology,” he said. “A lot of people are going that way, but it’s still a decision we have to take. With subscriptions, we’re not too sure what we’re going to be doing there,” said Kalsaria.
Interestingly, this is somewhat in contrast to what another Volvo executive claimed back in December. Minor features won’t be charged, like heated seats, but safety tech could be different. After all, Mercedes earned over $1 billion last year from software-based upgrades.
The good news, for now at least, is that the EX90’s Luminar-developed LiDAR system will be functional straight out of the box. No additional fees. Nothing. This means owners will benefit from the real-time 360-degree view of the EV’s surroundings “over two football fields away, even in complete darkness.”
It’s the LiDAR system that makes the EX90 the first hardware-ready vehicle for semi-autonomous driving. Another first for Volvo is the SUV’s bi-directional charging capability enabling it to power nearly any other electronic device, including other EVs and even houses.
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