If Nissan Micra has introduced keyless ignition to Indians, Volvo is all set to spoil them for choice. Volvo is introducing cars in 2012 which come with a free app for Android and iPhone to control the car.
Volvo’s car app will let you control the car remotely. You can get the position of the car in a map, remotely activate lights and horn – you know to scare the bejesus out of the bystanders. Using the app you can lock and unlock the doors too. Vehicle’s dashboard can be accessed from the app and the fuel level can be checked too. If the car alarm is triggered, a notification is sent to the phone.
The application is available for use in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, the UK, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is also expected to be available in other countries like India soon.
Car talking to the phone and phone talking back to the car, real nice.
A lot depends on the cost of the car. I don’t expect this to be a mid-segment car as the most basic things like airbags are priced differentially by giving a premium touch in India. With such a luxury of locking and unlocking doors with just the phone and turning on the headlights, I expect this volvo car to be expensive. I know that might put off some people out there, but on the bright side, the app is free.