Forget service schedules – in the future your car will be able to tell your dealer when it needs to go in for a fix-up.
New technology developed by Volvo uses the GSM data network to link workshops with a vehicle’s on-board computer. It means technicians get constant updates on a vehicle’s fault codes, mileage and even the level of wear and tear on vital components – without the vehicle needing to come in for a check-up.
It will mean that service intervals can be tailored to the needs of an individual vehicle, rather than being scheduled on a one-size-fits-all basis. So a car that’s being driven hard and experiencing a lot of wear and tear can be brought in more often than one that’s only used occasionally.
The system will be used in commercial vehicles initially, and will make its debut in Volvo’s truck range next year.
A spokesman for the firm’s car division said: “We don’t have any plans to introduce this at the moment, but it’s something that could be introduced in the future.”