Όπως ανακοίνωσε η Volvo ανακαλεί 200 νέα XC90 MY2016 σε όλο τον κόσμο λόγω ενός πιθανού προβλήματος σε μια ηλεκτρονική καλωδίωση των μπροστά καθισμάτων. Αυτή ενδεχομένως να έχει συναρμολογηθεί λάθος και να μην έχει μονωθεί σωστά, κάνοντας τους πλευρικούς αερόσακους να μην λειτουργούν σωστά. Στη περίπτωση που αυτό συμβεί, τότε εμφανίζεται σχετική προειδοποιητική ένδειξη στον πίνακα οργάνων, ενημερώνοντας τον οδηγό. Τα περισσότερα από τα αυτοκίνητα που επηρεάζονται βρίσκονται στη Σουηδία, ενώ τα υπόλοιπα βρίσκονται στην Ευρώπη και στις Η.Π.Α.
Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις, η Volvo ανακοίνωσε και αυτή μια ειδική εφαρμογή για το Apple Watch. Η εφαρμογή επιτρέπει την διασύνδεση του ρολογιού με το XC90, δίνοντας στον οδηγό αρκετές δυνατότες, όπως να κλειδώνει/ξεκλειδώνει τις πόρτες, να το εντοπίζει μέσω GPS, αλλά και να γνωρίζει τη στάθμη του καυσίμου.
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Volvo Cars announces safety recall
Volvo Cars is issuing a safety recall for approximately 200 Volvo XC90 customer cars of model year 2016 for a potential issue with an electronic wire harness which controls parts of the restraints system in the car.
The issue is related to a wire harness which is fitted in the front seats. An incorrect assembly has resulted in some cars having this wire installed in a way which may result in the wire insulation being damaged. Should this occur, the driver would immediately have a warning message displayed in the instrument cluster with instructions to take the car to a workshop. Damages to the wire harness may result in the front seat side airbags not functioning as intended.
No incidents have been reported related to this issue. There is no risk of the side airbags deploying by mistake due to this issue.
Approximately 200 customer cars in Europe and the US are affected with the majority of the cars located in Sweden. Volvo Cars is now contacting all affected customers by letter, asking them to contact their nearest workshop to check and if necessary correct the wire harness.
Cars which have not yet reached customers will be checked and if necessary corrected prior to delivery. In production, additional quality control measures have been introduced at Volvo Cars’ supplier to ensure correct installation of the relevant wire harness.
Control your Volvo car from your Apple Watch
Volvo Cars is set to release an updated version of its ground-breaking Volvo On Call smart app, delivering seamless connectivity with wearables such as the Apple Watch and Android Wear. This will effectively allow Volvo drivers with the Volvo On Call app to control settings, lock/unlock, locate and utilise many other Volvo services from their wrist.
“Volvo On Call is an app that allows you to literally take control over everyday elements in your Volvo. You can set heater timings for those cold and frosty mornings or cool down your car in hot weather, check your fuel level and mileage, or time to next service. It even helps you to locate your car in a crowded parking garage,” explains David Holecek, Director Connected Products and Services at Volvo Cars.
Volvo On Call’s new functionality includes wearable connectivity for devices such as the Apple Watch, a full iPad user interface, Android Wear and a unified Windows Phone app with voice control through Cortana, an intelligent assistant system, amongst others. The update, which will also see the addition of enhanced ‘send-to-car’ capabilities for navigation purposes, is due to be released end of June.
Volvo On Call app in the Apple Watch
Apart from adding new functionality, the Volvo On Call app has received a brand new design based on Volvo Cars’ celebrated Sensus driver interface in the new Volvo XC90.
Launched in 2001, Volvo On Call became one of the first car-based telematics systems in the world, providing both safety, security and tracking services in the car in case of accident, breakdown or theft using a car-installed SIM card. The system still provides the original safety functions – activated when the car’s airbags are deployed, or when the driver needs assistance, putting them in direct contact with a Volvo On Call operator, who, using GPS technology, can direct emergency services to the scene of the incident.
In recent years the application’s importance and geographic spread has increased exponentially, to include convenience features such as remote locking, fuel level indicators, find my car and remote locking on top of the leading safety and security services that it was originally launched to deliver.
“In only a few years we have moved from a safety and security related in-car feature to a solution that allows the driver to stay connected with their car and provides many new benefits to support their everyday requirements,” concluded Sofia Wessman, Manager Volvo On Call at Volvo Cars.