VW’s Spanish brand plans to offer to its drivers more connectivity tech in the futures, thus it decided to test some new remote control apps that could link users with their cars and home.
After Seat’s recently announcement of offering a digital key that can be shared between its drivers, the brand now wants to do more in the connectivity area. Therefore, in collaboration with Accenture, the automaker explores some new opportunities to benefit from the Internet of Things network. Seat is currently testing three directions in order to define which is most suitable for everyday use: car-to-home connectivity, car status alerts and a driver behavior monitoring feature. The car status capability could allow users to check on their smartphones from anywhere various car measurements such as fuel or oil levels during the trip or while the car is parked. The app provides warnings and alerts by pushing them to mobile devices, flagging up a potential engine or parts problems, while relevant information will be displayed alongside each error message. Roadside assistance is also integrated into the app design.
This technology also monitors driver’s behavior by applying an adaptive algorithm to collated historical driving patterns and fresh data gathered from each car journey. The aim is to offer the user advice on improving driving techniques, showing tips and recommendations to increase car performance or efficiency. The third function, the car-to-home link, uses the smartphones to give drivers remote control on connected home appliances. By integrating geolocation into the mobile app, this can allow, for example, for the temperature in the car to be automatically replicated at home once the car reaches a certain distance from the property. It could also enable the remote programming of the thermostat that controls the home’s central heating from the vehicle’s dashboard. Other devices that could be controlled in a similar way includes wearables, house lights or security cameras.