Volvo has released a mobile app for iOS and Android that allows the driver to “stay in touch” with a parked car via his/her smart phone. The free app is an extension of Volvo On Call, which originally focused on SoS calls in an emergency. It’s for owners of all new Volvo models (from MY 2012) with Volvo On Call.

Functions include a car locator (with digital compass, car horn/indicators can be used to help search), remote door lock, vehicle dashboard (with info such as fuel level, range, average fuel consumption, etc), car health check and driving journal. The latter includes data of each trip during the last 40 days can be downloaded and stored.

Besides the above, vehicle information such as model, registration number and VIN number can be displayed on the phone. If the car alarm is triggered, the driver is alerted via the mobile app as well. These are all in addition to the original Volvo On Call features.