A couple comments:As I'm not the Volvo demographic any more (I bought mine 15 years ago but never came back) take this with the grain of salt it comes with, namely that one not only has to think about what they are going to do with the car, but also what they can do to persuade the next buyer of the car to buy it. On average, I think a car has something like 3 owners, the first that buys it new and takes the majority depreciation hit, the second that gets a good used car, and the third who has to fix the problems as the car has depreciated down to 'transport' value and is most often not worth the $$ it takes to fix what's wrong. On average, I think the life of a car is about 17 years before it's junked.
In this particular case with the use of cellular technology, I think 4G is being used for the VOC function, 5G is being introduced as we speak, and in 10 to 15 years years we'd probably see 6G, maybe even 7G or 8G. At that point will 4G even be around for this to work? Remember you guys are "Buyer 1" but you have to sell it to "Buyer 2" who has to turn around and sell it to "Buyer 3" when the car is worth 5% to 10% of what it originally sold for.
If there's no cellular network that will allow this to work, it becomes another luxury 'do-dad' that actually decreases the value of the car (because it's one more thing to break that flashes an error code on the DIM) Combine that with Volvo's traditional stance of keeping VADIS or other diagnostic tools either very expensive or close to the dealer's chest, and all those fancy gizmos that seem so jolly-whiz-bang now may actually be a detriment in the long run when they have to get fixed.
Anyway, only someone's $.02, here, so take it as only one opinion of many.
Exactly!I voted both, because if I could have my cake and eat it too, that's obviously what I'd choose.
But in my case, the app-based approach is actually much more useful than a fob-based solution. I rarely have line of sight of my vehicle when I'd like to start it.
That's what I tell my wife about her Jeep. Just because its 35º out, she should have to walk out to a very cold vehicle and start it herself. Very lazy of her to have a warm interior waiting for her.I think the whole point of offering the start option on the phone only is that if your close enough to start it with the FOB your close enough to start the car yourself.
Not for people without a smart phone Those people DO exists!!!!There should be another option, "phone only is fine/no big deal". It's not that I specifically only want it in the phone, just that with all due respect to others wants, I think the current system is totally acceptable.
There are also people don't need remote start. I don't have it in all of my previous and current cars...Not for people without a smart phone Those people DO exists!!!!
You generally need to hit the key twice and be in close proximity to the car for it to remotely start. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing that would happen accidentally and has never happened to me in 5 years of owning a remote start car.There are also people don't need remote start. I don't have it in all of my previous and current cars...
It is good but not a must. And when fob is in pocket there is possibility to be pressed unexpectedly.
The design of a remote start fob should have a sliding cover to protect the remote start button.