Ap­ple Watch finds car love

Lesotho Times - - Motoring -

CARS are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly so­phis­ti­cated and many ve­hi­cles are ca­pa­ble of com­mu­ni­cat­ing with smartphones even when they’re not run­ning.

But if you thought that check­ing your phone to see if your car is locked, or want to find where it’s parked, was a la­bo­ri­ous process that wasted time and en­ergy, you can now achieve all that sim­ply by cock­ing your wrist.

Yep, there’s an even eas­ier way to check the sta­tus of your BMW or Porsche, af­ter both com­pa­nies an­nounced app com­pat­i­bil­ity with the new Ap­ple Watch.

The BMW i Re­mote and Porsche Car Connect apps can now be synched through the Ap­ple Watch, which al­low for some in­ter­ac­tion but gen­er­ally just mon­i­tor­ing of one’s ve­hi­cle.

Own­ers of the BMW i3 or i8 elec­tric cars can look at their watch to check the bat­tery charge level and cruis­ing range sta­tus, and also to see if the doors are locked.

Users can also re­motely ini­ti­ate the cli­mate-con­trol sys­tem and if driv­ers can’t find their car in the car park, a sim­ple nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem acts as a guide.

Some Porsches that work with the Porsche Car Connect app cars can re­motely lock the ve­hi­cle via the Ap­ple Watch, or even en­gage the horn and lights to scare peo­ple.

But th­ese fea­tures mark just the be­gin­ning of a sym­bio­sis be­tween ve­hi­cles and wear­able tech­nol­ogy that could spell the end of keys al­to­gether.

The Sam­sung Galaxy Gear watch brought the same con­nec­tiv­ity for the BMW i3 and i8 more than a year ago, and as more car man­u­fac­tur­ers jump on the wear­able tech­nol­ogy bandwagon there’ll be more and more in­no­va­tive fea­tures.

— Mo­tor­ing

Crim­i­nals who spot a driver walk­ing away from their parked car quickly in­ter­fere with the re­mote’s au­to­matic lock­ing but­ton.

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