I totally agree with this. Hopefully they can upgrade the software so that we can adjust the temperature on the phone app instead of leaving the car with the temp set at a number which we would like to return to several hours later. Boy, we are all banking a lot on the November software update.No issues for me. I've been using it every morning to pre-heat the interior and, so far as I can tell, it has worked 100% of the time -- one of my favorite features! I can imagine that if I lived in an area with marginal 3G cellular service (which I don't), then there could be issues with the the vehicle not receiving the signaled command to start. Are you starting the vehicles from different locations, morning vs. afternoon? I suppose also, and this is a stretch, but if your XC90 was parked outdoors and if you have morning winds strong enough to cause movement in the car, that the XC90 could interpret this to mean that a person was inside the vehicle, which is a "no-start" condition. Again, a bit of a stretch.
Having used the app for a while now, I would offer Volvo the following comments on how to improve it...
I believe it is safe to assume that Volvo's intent for the Remote Start feature is for us to be able to pre-warm or pre-cool our XC90 before getting in it. This is done now by setting a 1 to 15 minute time interval for the car to run once we initiate the Start Vehicle command. This leaves us to intuit how much time is required to bring the car from its current temperature to the temperature we want it to be, or more specifically, the last temperature we set using the climate controls. A more efficient option would be to have the vehicle run for the period of time necessary (within the 15 minute limit) to reach the target temperature and then shut off. This might be 3 minutes, or it might be 11. It depends. A more elegant approach would be to include new options in either the Climate controls of the vehicle, within or On Call ap, or both, where we can set the temperature we want the vehicle to pre-warm or pre-cool to. Example, we could set a "cool-to" temperature to 75 F, this would get the vehicle most of the way to being comfortable and without it running for longer than necessary. The pre-warming feature should have enough smarts to know that if it has been unusually cold, if it is has, to then also activate the defrosters and seat warmers. I just takes a bit of coding -- all of the hardware is there.
I am also considering the Honda Pilot Elite. It's remote start system determines if it is cold or hot outside, and adjusts the temperature and de-icers appropriately.I totally agree with this. Hopefully they can upgrade the software so that we can adjust the temperature on the phone app instead of leaving the car with the temp set at a number which we would like to return to several hours later. Boy, we are all banking a lot on the November software update.
I had missed that thread.You surely know that remote start on the FOB was identified on the wish list (#11).
A more professional approach should not be that hard.