Volvo has announced that all of its vehicles, at least in the U.S., will be fitted as standard with its Sensus Connect infotainment system—making Volvo the only manufacturer to have connected car and telematics standard across its entire lineup. The latest version of the system provides access to new cloud-based services, offering drivers and passengers a vast array of new app services such as paying for parking from the car, locating new restaurants at any given destination, and streaming music and video.
If your car has navigation, the Sensus Connect system offers 3D graphics and lifetime map upgrades. For navigation, it also allows you to to set destinations through a smartphone and get information about your surroundings.
Volvo’s Sensus Connect system also integrates the Volvo On Call telematics feature, a subscription based service that puts you into contact with an operator should you require roadside assistance or emergency support. The operator can also contact emergency services should your vehicle be involved in accident or stolen.
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Volvo On Call also comes with its own smartphone app that allows you to access your car remotely. Using a smartphone (iOS, Android, and Windows Phone), you’ll be able to check your car’s status, lock or unlock the doors, start the engine, adjust the climate control and locate the car if you’ve forgotten where you parked it.
The system is standard on all 2015.5 model year Volvos, which are arriving in showrooms now. The good news is that existing Volvo owners with Sensus Connect can upgrade to the latest system.