Volvo Car USA LLC is recalling 17,548 2017-19 Volvo XC90, S90, V60, V60 Cross Country, V90, XC40, XC60, and V90 Cross Country vehicles.

The software installed in the vehicle connectivity module (VCM) may have an error causing the telematics and driver support systems to function improperly. As a result, the GPS will not provide location information to emergency personnel in the event of an emergency.

Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will correct the software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 7.

Volvo's number for this recall is R39917.

PassTime has launched InTouch Summit, an all-new device management portal for its InTouch product line.

InTouch is a GPS solution connecting vehicles for dealers and consumers.

Dealers use InTouch to monitor inventory on their lot, keep track of test drives, and as a theft recovery tool. Consumers who purchase InTouch from an authorized dealer can use InTouch’s connected car features for vehicle monitoring and theft recovery.

InTouch Summit, the customer portal where dealers manage their InTouch devices, features a completely redesigned interface, faster actionable items, enhanced data analytics, and a better overall user experience.

Along with the companion suite of InTouch mobile apps, InTouch Summit will give customers a great experience when managing their InTouch connected vehicles.
InTouch Summit is currently available to select customers.

Spireon Inc. recently introduced GoldStar Connect, a full-featured connected car mobile application that gives buy-here, pay-here dealers and other creditors the opportunity to increase customer loyalty and profitability.

With the new GoldStar Connect mobile app, consumers now have access to all the benefits of connectivity - real-time location access, trip history, vehicle health alerts and recovery solutions for stolen cars - as an add-on at the time of purchase.

Among the new features are stolen vehicle recovery and insurance discounts.

PassTime has debuted the Elite 6 device, the latest entry in its Elite line of GPS devices.

With an installer-configurable starter-interrupt setup option, installers can now integrate Elite 6 into a much broader selection of vehicles than ever before. The setup configurations also allow Elite 6 to more easily address the challenges posed by newer ignition technologies found in push-button start vehicles as well as many advanced stop-start engine systems.

Elite 6 also features LTE communications for superior network longevity as well as a discrete, precision GPS system for enhanced location pinpointing.  In addition to the advancements in installation flexibility, Elite 6 also boasts a 20-percent size reduction.

Further, Elite 6 contains advanced self-override features which give consumers multiple options, including a mobile app, to utilize disable override commands.

Elite 6 will begin shipping to PassTime customers in early November.

HyreCar has announced a strategic partnership with PassTime.

This partnership offers advanced vehicle asset tracking and management to car dealers and fleet owners who use the HyreCar platform.

PassTime has set up a special-order portal for DriveItAway - HyreCar dealers to procure vehicle telematics units, and will be integrating all of the PassTime telematics services within its dealer focused vehicle administration platform for easy vehicle specific applications.

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