Volkswagen of America has added a new Apple mobile device feature to its VW Car-Net mobile app.
Available with iOS 12 on Apple devices, VW owners can now use Siri to help control their vehicle. Once logged into the VW Car-Net App, owners can use Siri to lock and unlock their vehicle, check estimated mileage with the fuel or charge left in the vehicle, as well as enable the Flash or Honk & Flash commands via voice activation.
Additionally, VW Car-Net also offers several shortcuts that can be added to Siri with a personalized phrase, including a start/stop for charging, defroster, and climate as well as a set climate temperature command; and a “where is my car” command.
“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. “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.”
Volkswagen Car-Net is a connectivity system that is seen as a major part of achieving that goal.
Within the Car-Net are three key areas: “App-Connect,” “Security & Service,” and “Guide & Inform.”
Car-Net App-Connect smartphone integration for compatible devices offers users the ability to run select smartphone apps directly on the vehicle’s display through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Car-Net Security & Service provides a range of security features and also allows owners to access their VW remotely through vw.com/carnet as well as a smartphone app.
Available Car-Net Security & Service features include Automatic Crash Notification, Manual Emergency Call, Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance. In addition, Car-Net Security & Service offers remote vehicle access, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location information, and remote status check (doors and windows). Car-Net Security & Service also includes Family Guardian, which offers features such as: speed alert, boundary alert, curfew alert, and valet alert.
In addition to these services, diagnostics and maintenance information is available via a Vehicle Health Report. A VW Car-Net app for smartwatch (supports select Apple Watch and Android Wear operating systems) allows VW customers to control a host of Security & Service features and functions available through the iPhone and Android apps and Customer Web Portal, directly from their wrist.