How’s my driv­ing?

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ý Volk­swa­gen has re­leased a plug-and-play de­vice that turns its ve­hi­cles into “con­nected cars” — a Blue­tooth-en­abled dat­a­plug that pairs with a smart­phone.

It will be a stan­dard fea­ture on all VW mod­els from the Polo Com­fort­line up­wards sold from July 2020 but is op­tional for most older mod­els up to 2008.

The dat­a­plug goes into the on­board di­ag­nos­tic in­ter­face; a 16pin port be­neath the steer­ing wheel. All the data from the on­board com­puter can be dis­played vis­ually on the ac­com­pa­ny­ing We Con­nect Go app for An­droid and IOS, which re­places the MYVW app.

The app, which in­cludes a fuel mon­i­tor, gives the driver an over­view of the con­di­tion of the ve­hi­cle; among other things it records trips, cal­cu­lates the ef­fi­ciency of the way you drive and pro­vides no­ti­fi­ca­tions for ser­vic­ing and tyre changes. It also has a fun fea­ture that earns you badges for skill on the road, safe driv­ing habits and so on.

Af­ter lock­down re­stric­tions were eased, I tested the app on an Amarok for gen­eral use such as gro­cery shop­ping and fit­ted in a visit to a game re­serve in Pre­to­ria.

The app uses GPS data to record trips — a handy fea­ture for au­to­matic log­ging but it will eat at your smart­phone bat­tery, so hav­ing a charg­ing ca­ble in the car per­ma­nently

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