Most modern cars are connected to the cloud through various Android and iOS applications that let you do different things such as keep track of routine maintenance, lock / unlock your vehicle, or help you to find an available place in the parking lot, and so on.
This is not uncommon and new as many manufacturers (from Alfa to Volvo) already offer diverse smartphone apps.
The new thing is that the Apple Watch has provided a new platform for luxury cars, and so BMW as well as Porsche have released awesome Apple Watch apps that enable many functions and operations. Many of these apps are similar or the same as their smartphone applications, but they are now available from your wrist.
Porsche’s Car Connect enables drivers to do numerous things, such as:
- Track average speed during driving;
- To see travel time, as well as distance driven;
- Check fuel use at any moment, and find out how much gas is left in the tank;
- Also, it’s alert the driver if the drop-top is down, or if the doors are unlocked;
- Allowing you to move the exterior car mirrors from afar.
That’s not all! In addition to these apps, owners of “mighty” plug-in hybrid Porsches can also do the following things:
- Track the charge state of the car, and also to turn on the climate control to warm/cool the interior while the car is plugged into the wall;
- It shows the shortest route back to the vehicle in a parking lot;
- Turn on the car lights;
- Open / close windows on the car from a distance, etc.
As far as the Watch apps for BMW, they are very similar to those for Porsche, but limited to the electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8. The only question is how many of these apps are really helpful to drivers?