Volvo On Call smartphone app upgraded
Volvo has enhanced its smartphone app, Volvo On Call, adding a new design, extra features and more vehicle connectivity.
Volvo has enhanced its smartphone app, Volvo On Call, for 2013. The app now features a new design as well as extra features and added vehicle connectivity.
The current On Call app allows you to check the status of your Volvo from your smartphone, including whether you remembered to lock the doors, a map of the location of where you parked the car and check on the level of fuel left in the tank.
For 2013, the On Call app now includes an enhanced driving journal, which gives data about where you’ve driven and what fuel consumption you’ve achieved over the past 40 days.
The new On Call app also includes the ability to send a destination to the sat-nav from your smartphone (as long as you’re within 31 miles of where the car is parked), the outside temperature being recorded by the car and the ability to make the horn beep and lights flash so you can locate the car more easily in an unfamiliar car park.
The Volvo On Call system is available as an option on all models in the Volvo range. The system also includes functions for the V60 D6 AWD Plug-in Diesel Hybrid, which goes on sale in the UK later this year. These include the ability to remotely activate the car's climate control systems, a hybrid battery charge check and a charge reminder alarm.
The On Call app started out as a link to a Volvo call centre, should the car be involved in an accident. This was extended in 2011 to become a smartphone app, available for iPhone, Windows and Android devices, which allowed improved remote access to the vehicle's features.
Since it became available, the app has been downloaded 3,640 times in the UK, with the most popular features being the car locator and viewing the driving journal.
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