Crashing your car isn't fun, and the worst part about doing it is the uncertainty of what to do afterward.
is taking some of the guesswork out of car accidents with its new mobile app.
The app is aptly called Car Accident Advisor, and is designed to guide you through the first steps you need to take following a minor fender-bender.
First, you must confirm to Volvo Customer Care that you are uninjured and that emergency services are not needed; then you will receive a text with a link to the advisor. The app requires that you have a data or internet connection, and then it will guide you through the next steps.
The app will prompt the driver to take photographs of the damaged areas and the scene around the vehicles, as well as record facts about the scene. The app can also compile a report to send to your insurance company, and search for repair shops.
The whole system should amount to a less stressful experience, as well as a faster repair time for the vehicle and quicker claim response from the insurance company.
Obviously, if you are in a larger accident, the app might not be the best thing to use, but for small accidents with other drivers or even with objects, the step-by-step instructions make the whole process less disorienting.
The service is available for vehicles model year 2015-and-a-half and up automatically, and via the in-car SOS communications system in newer models.