Volvo On Call (VOC), an innovative app-based service that helps motorists to communicate with their cars, has arrived in South Africa.
It facilitates a multitude of tasks: with VOC, motorists can remotely lock or unlock the doors to their car, check the fuel level from their office desk, and cool or heat their car before they get it – and they can do this all via their smartphone, smartwatch, tablet or desktop.
According to Greg Maruszewski, Managing Director of Volvo Car South Africa, VOC is a key to the digital world. “One app gives Volvo drivers control over their car’s functions. It also provides access to a world of convenient services.”
Maruszewski explains that, with VOC, a car becomes far more than just a means of travel. He reveals: “It becomes your personal assistant. It can tell you about the best coffee spots in town and send the destination to your car’s navigation system. It knows when you have appointments, where they are, and how to get you there.”
South African motorists will particularly appreciate the associated safety and security benefits. Maruszewski explains: “Motorists who forget to lock their car will get a notification message. And VOC automatically contacts the emergency services if you are involved in an accident and tells them where you are.”
Other remarkable capabilities of VOC include the ability to provide an in-car WiFi hotspot, which can be accessed by everyone in your car. “You can stream music and films to the car too,” says Maruszewski.
Anyone who has ever lost track of their car in a huge parking lot will also welcome VOC with open arms. “The app will show you the location of your car on a high-definition map, and then provide directions on how to reach it. You can even ask your car to hoot and flash for five seconds to identify itself and guide you to its location,” says Maruszewski.
Drivers of vehicles other than Volvos can download the app for free and try it in demo mode.
VOC is a standard feature in South Africa with effect from model-year 2020 Volvo derivatives. It is entirely free of charge for five years. Thereafter, it can be extended for a small fee.