Apple’s smartwatch conundrum quells auto apps race image

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant looks ready to make its first wrong step under the leadership of Tim Cook, with the delays in the delivery of the Apple Watch unsettling both devotees and developers.

Among the latter category there are those of interest for us – some automakers have rushed to get ready accompanying apps for their customers and find their efforts quenched by the conundrum. Both BMW and Porsche made applications for the Apple Watch and they now have to wait for the smartwatch to actually become available. The apps can be of great use to the owners of the German luxury cars – a wide array of features has been made available, from seeing how much battery has the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid supercar to flashing the lights of a Porsche Cayenne to help the SUV’s owner find the vehicle in parking lots. BMW developed the i Remote app to allow users of the i3 and i8 models get the battery checked, see the charge status, navigate to the parking spot or unlock the doors remotely and start the climate control system’s functions. There are also green features: a Dynamic Range Map that calculates if the power is enough to get to the destination, a calculator for driving efficiency complete with CO2 monitor or service reminders.

Porsche’s Car Connect app is even more extensive – it’s a Watch version of the pre-existent iPhone application and is useful for drivers of 2014 model year or newer Cayenne, Macan, Panamera, and 918 Spyder autos that also have the Porsche Car Connect infotainment system.