Volkswagen’s Connected Car Connected to Apple Watch

I haven’t ordered my Apple Watch yet–soon, maybe today–but I’m hanging back a bit to see how things shake out with the watch’s apps. Almost all the third party apps were created without the developers having seen the watch first, so they were kind of groping in the dark. But now that Apple Watch is here, we should start seeing some new and useful apps over the next 60-90 days.

I’m not sure where Volkswagen’s connected car app falls on the timeline, but it’s interesting.  According to MacRumours

[t]he app will allow customers to lock and unlock a car’s doors (on 2016-and-later models), open and close windows and the sunroof, provide a map of the vehicle’s current parked location, and even set off a minor alarm when locating the vehicle is proving tiresome. Interestingly, the app will also bring over Car-Net’s feature of tracking speed and set boundary notifications, allowing parents to monitor a child’s top driving speed and send notifications if they break from a pre-set geofencing boundary area right to the Apple Watch.

Interesting. Is it a compelling reason to buy an Apple Watch? Depends if you’ve got a 2014 or later Beetle, CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan or a 2015 Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf models.


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