Volkswagen has announced the integration of Apple on its Car-Net iOS app which brings Siri voice control and Siri Shortcuts to lock and unlock their cars, check estimate mileage with the fuel or charge left in their vehicle, and enable alarms.
The Volkswagen owners can also begin and stop a charging session for electric cars, set a specific temperature in the car, locate the car, turn on the defroster, check charge levels, and enable the honk. The company said that the car-net support is not free to all Volkswagen owners, the app cost a specific subscription fee per month. It allows the vehicle owner to set a geofence for it, and access diagnostics remotely.
“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.”
The Siri shortcuts will prove very useful if users develop a morning habit around it. Most of the people in cold areas would love this Apple integration in Volkswagen vehicles because they want to remotely start their defroster and set the inside temperature merely by giving commands.
Last year in September, Apple debuted the Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12 which was needed for the new Volkswagen functionality. It also allows the user to make complex commands that can mix numerous apps, services, and smart home devices into one speakable phrase. To acquire the update for Volkswagen Car-Net app you should have iOS 12 or iPhone with Siri support.
Meanwhile, Amazon is currently working to bring its Alexa assistant to cars and the release of Echo Auto.