I do believe that for $500, Volvo Dealers can program remote start and give you the ability via the keyfob. Again, that's $500 to get a feature working, that in my opinion should have been standard. And by Standard, not requiring a subscription and 3G modem to operate.I would agree with most people. Assuming it'll be something like 1k for the hardware, might need a software update as well, then combine it with the $200 yearly fee for VOC, making the sum a total rip off.
For my other car, remote start is one-time $300 "as long as technical feasible." This is a big let down for the 2016 and the First Editions. At least Pilot Assist was upgradable.