Volkswagen just unveiled a new VW Car-Net mobile app feature for those who use Apple mobile devices. The shortcuts feature incorporates two types of Siri commands that enable drivers to interact in new ways with their cars.
With the aid of iOS 12 on Apple devices, drivers can log into the Car-Net app and use Siri to lock and unlock their vehicles. It’s as easy as saying, “Hey Siri, unlock my car.”
“We are constantly looking at innovative ways to make VW Car-Net more convenient and relevant for our customers,” said Abdallah Shanti, EVP, Global Chief Information Officer Volkswagen Brand & Car-IT in a release. “With Siri Shortcuts, creating voice commands to use with our mobile app was a great opportunity to do just that! Integration with Siri helps our drivers keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”
Drivers can also check mileage with the fuel or charge left in the vehicle. In addition, VW owners can enable the Flash or Honk & Flash commands using Siri.
The Car-Net app is also introducing new shortcuts for Siri that can be added with a personalized phrase, such as a start/stop for charging an electric car, turning on the defroster, or changing temperature. Users can also set up a “where’s my car” command.
The shortcuts feature sounds very appealing, particularly if you live in a cold climate and want to remotely start the defroster and crank up the heat.
The Car-Net app requires a subscription fee each month, so it depends on whether you think it’s worth spending a little extra money for some convenient (yet not really necessary) remote capabilities. Customers who buy new VWs equipped with Car-Net Security & Service will receive a six-month trial subscription from Verizon Connect Inc.
The app enables users to run certain smartphone apps through the vehicle’s display via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. Features included in the service are automatic crash notification, manual emergency call, roadside assistance, and stolen vehicle location assistance. A family guardian feature includes speed alert, boundary alert, curfew alert, and valet alert (which seem targeted towards parents with teenagers).
Amazon is concurrently working on integrating its Alexa assistant into vehicles. Echo Auto will be available soon and will allow people to use the service in their cars even if they weren’t originally built to accommodate it. Amazon has even partnered with companies like Ford to install the Echo in its vehicles, reports The Verge.