Volvo On Call Allows Wireless Controls

Technology allows one to follow what a car does, where it goes and how much fuel it uses. Volvo is integrating these telematics functions into its Volvo On Call program.

The Swedish company said Volvo On Call now is standard in all Volvos sold in the U.S. and Canada.

A company named WirelessCar is delivering the complete embedded telematics solution, based on their Telematics Service Provider architecture, with 14 years of production service around the world in all other major and developing consumer telematics markets.

“As WirelessCar’s first consumer OEM customer operational since 2000, the Volvo On Call launch in North America further extends the already foundational relationship enjoyed by WirelessCar and Volvo Cars. WirelessCar continues to be Volvo Cars telematics partner of choice and strongest support partner in the complex global telematics ecosystem, where Volvo Cars and WirelessCar are leading in global market coverage and number of operational telematics countries,” said Martin Rosell, Managing Director WirelessCar.

Through this effort, Volvo Cars said it is able to deliver many safety and security services such as: Emergency-Call, Remote Door Unlock, Theft Notification, Stolen Vehicle Tracking and Immobilization. Other services made possible are: Smartphone-based Telematics Services powered by the WirelessCar architecture using a flexible smartphone application programming interface, which Volvo Cars will make available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone platforms.

“This is fully in line with our ambitions to become leaders in connectivity in which the Volvo on Call plays a vital role,” said Robert Jagler, Director Connectivity Volvo Cars.

The service Vehicle Finder shows the current location of a Volvo on a map along with reverse-geocoded address. The Engine Remote Start will allow a Volvo owner to pre-condition their vehicle with heat or air conditioning prior to entering the vehicle. Honk & Flash will help find a Volvo in large parking areas and the Driving Journal discretely tracks each drive cycle including start and finish locations and times, duration and distance as well as the fuel used.