Volvo has announced that they will releasing an updated version of the Volvo On Call smart app. This new update to this ground-breaking piece of technology will allow Volvo owners drivers to remotely lock and unlock their car, control their car’s settings, find their car and use many other Volvo services from their Apple Watch and Android Wear, tablet or mobile phone.
David Holecek, Director Connected Products and Services at Volvo Cars, said: “Volvo On Call is an app that allows you to literally take control over everyday elements in your Volvo. You can set heater timings for those cold and frosty mornings or cool down your car in hot weather, check your fuel level and mileage, or time to next service. It even helps you locate your car in a crowded car parking garage.”
The app’s new functionality includes connectivity devices such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear for the first time ever, as well as a full iPad user interface and a Windows Phone app that uses the intelligent assistant system, Cortana.
In addition to all of the new functionality, the Volvo On Call app has also undergone a complete re-design, based on the celebrated Sensus driver interface that features in the new Volco CX90.
When it was launched in 2001, Volvo On Call became one of the world’s first car-based telematics systems, providing both safety, security and tracking services in the car in case of an accident, breakdown or theft using a car-installed SIM card.
Almost 15 years on and the system still provides the original safety features, but has also added several convenience features such as remote locking, fuel level indicators, find my car and temperature control.
Sofia Wessman, Manager Volvo On Call at Volvo, said: “In only a few years we have moved from a safety and security related in car feature to a solution that allows the driver to stay connected with their cars and provides many new benefits to support their everyday requirements.”