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Drivers Will Be Able to Control Their VW Through an Apple Watch

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/5/2015 Karla Sanchez

There’s lots of buzz about the new Apple Watch, and Volkswagen has jumped at the chance to be a part of the next huge thing. The automaker has announced that its Car-Net platform will support Apple Watch functionality through an app, allowing drivers to perform certain functions directly from their wrist.

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With the Car-Net app for Apple Watch, VW owners will be able to keep tabs on their vehicle from any location, since they’ll have the ability to remotely lock or unlock the doors and open or close the windows and sunroof. That’s not all. With the app, Apple Watch will display a map of the VW’s current location and help owners find their way back to where they parked via turn-by-turn directions. If that still doesn’t work, owners can make the VW honk or flash its lights so they can spot it quickly. The watch can monitor fuel levels, and speed and boundary alert notifications are also available for owners in case there’s a teen driver in the family. Those with the e-Golf will be able to check their current charge and estimated driving range, while also having the ability to turn charging on or off and access climate control features. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Car-Net is available on certain trims of the 2014 and newer Beetle models as well as the CC, Eos, Jetta, Passat, and Tiguan. All 2015 and newer Golf, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen and e-Golf models also offer Car-Net. Meanwhile, the actual app itself will be available in the App Store for Apple Watch.

Volkswagen isn't the only automaker to jump on the Apple Watch bandwagon. Porsche owners with the Apple smartwatch can also download a special application that allows them to connect to their car remotely through the Porsche Car Connect functions.MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Source: Volkswagen

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