Whether you’re looking to buy a brand new car from dealers like TW White and Sons or upgrade your current model, you’re probably searching for something speedy, stylish – and with all the latest gadgets. Car tech has improved greatly over the years and while in-built, satellite navigation systems, studio-standard audio devices and other swanky features have got people talking, car control applications are also causing a stir within the motoring world.
Volkswagen, for instance, has recently created an application compatible with the incredibly popular Apple Watch. This allows Apple Watch-wielding Volkswagen owners to not only check if the windows, doors (and even sunroof) are open but to lock them remotely if needs be. What’s more, those who download the app onto their wristwatch will be able to set speed and boundary limits, and receive instant notifications if either is broken – helping to reduce speeding fines and keep drivers on the right side of the law.
Furthermore, if you ever lose your vehicle in a big car park, Volkswagen’s new application will help you find it by providing a map of the vehicle’s current location. It will also give walking/driving directions on how to get to the car and will enable car owners to honk the horn or flash the lights remotely – pretty cool, huh?
Those who own a gasoline – or diesel-powered vehicle – will also be able to remotely check how much fuel is left in the tank without even glancing at the gauges inside the car. This is sure to make life a lot easier for many, as instead of wondering whether you should pop to the garage before going to the supermarket, you can check this essential information on your wrist. It really is that simple.
What’s more, those who own the e-Golf – an all-electric vehicle from Volkswagen – will be able to use the app to check how much charge the battery has left and how many miles they can drive before having to top up. They can even turn the charging process on and off and access an array of climate control features.
While all of the above data is already available to those who have download the Volkswagen Car-Net app to their iOS device, information can now be accessed via Apple’s wrist device. This will be a preferred option for many, particularly motorists who don’t want to keep pulling their phone out of their pocket or are afraid of dropping their mobiles as they check information.
The app is compatible with many different Volkswagen vehicles, including select 2014 and newer Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan models, and all 2015 and newer Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf models.
Car tech is certainly advancing at a rapid rate and while improvements are being made to the vehicles themselves, Apple Watch apps and other handy smartphone apps for drivers are making motorists’ lives easier.