Ownership and in car delivery
The news that Volvo Cars is planning to introduce keyless cars will come as music to the ears of anyone who has ever spent a morning frantically searching for the keys they misplaced the night before. But the move towards keyless cars isn’t just for the benefit of the absent-minded among us. It is actually part of an innovative, long-term plan to make owning a Volvo simpler and more convenient in the future.
Smart and stress-free
In late 2015, with just days to go before Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the busiest online shopping days of the Christmas season – Volvo Cars unveiled a smart new way of taking some of the stress out of shopping: Volvo In-car Delivery. Volvo In-car Delivery enabled Volvo owners to order their Christmas goods online and then arrange to have them delivered directly to their cars instead of their home. Delivery companies were issued with a digital key, which granted couriers one-time access to the customer’s car. This meant Volvo owners were able to avoid the less enjoyable aspects associated with holiday shopping, such as searching for a parking space, navigating bustling crowds of stressed-out people and the disappointment of coming home to a missed delivery.
A greater flexibility
Instead of a physical key, Volvo customers will be offered an app that transforms their mobile phone into a unique digital car key. This digital key will be capable of doing everything a physical key does, such as locking and unlocking the doors and starting the engine, but it will also allow Volvo drivers to enjoy greater flexibility. For example, if a family member, friend or co-worker wanted to borrow your car, you could send the digital key to them via their mobile phone instead of having to deliver it by hand.
Renting a car could also become easier as you could use the app to book and pay for a rental car anywhere in the world. The digital key could then be delivered directly to your phone. This new technology also means Volvo drivers could receive more than one digital key, which would let them access different cars in different locations. So, instead of sitting idle all day, cars could be used more efficiently by whoever the owner wishes. It seems the possibilities presented by keyless technology are endless! With the introduction of Volvo Cars’ pioneering digital key technology, it looks like the days of desperately searching through bags, coats and trouser pockets for that elusive set of car keys could soon be over.
The race for perfection
In this article, we visit the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal. Here, we meet the team of experts responsible for repairing and re-fitting the entire fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 boats that will compete in the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. We describe each team member’s individual area of expertise and show how the team works together to ensure that each boat is repaired identically, on time and to the highest possible standard. Their expertise in different areas represents the same level of competence you find at a Volvo workshop. We also meet Swedish sailor Martin Strömberg, who won the 2011-12 edition of the race, to find out what a great service programme gives him as a sailor.
Volvo Cars’ safety: a proud heritage
The safety vision that nobody will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020 is the result of a dedication to saving lives that has been passed on from generation to generation of Volvo people since the company was founded in 1927.
Bound by sound
1966 was quite a year for music. The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Bob Dylan all released groundbreaking albums that completely transformed the cultural landscape. But while Lennon and McCartney and their contemporaries were busy reinventing the way music was made, a classical music enthusiast called John Bowers was focusing his attention and expertise on reinventing the way we listened to it.