Ownership

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.

But there’s no reason why digital key technology should only be used for deliveries when it opens up so many other possibilities – especially when it comes to service and repair. In the future, instead of taking time out of your day to drive to the workshop for a service, our technicians could collect your car using a digital key, carry out your service and have your car ready and waiting for you when you finish work. Now, Volvo Cars has taken the concept of keyless technology one step further and unveiled plans to become the world’s first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys.

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.




Lifestyle

In search of a happy place

Buying a car won’t make you happy. This may seem like an odd statement for a car manufacturer to make. But it’s true. What a car gives you, however, is the opportunity to discover new places, meet new people and experience life on your terms. It’s these experiences and the memories and friends you make along the way that will bring you happiness. Our cars are simply a way of helping you find it. We took ourselves, and our trusty XC90, to Iceland, where we set off in search of happiness.

Lifestyle

Crystal clear thinking

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Services

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.