Volkswagen has updated its Car-Net application to provide owners with improved connectivity to their cars.
The application provides VW owners with the ability to interact with their vehicle remotely and is offered at no additional charge for five years from the date of vehicle purchase.
It includes features such as remote start and stop, remote door lock and unlock, remote honk and flash of lights, last parked location (handy for those forgetful types), and a remote vehicle status display that displays things like fuel level and mileage.
Later this year, the application will be updated to work alongside compatible smart home devices to send voice commands to the vehicle.
There are a number of other interesting features found within the Car-Net app, with one of them allowing owners to locate off-street parking locations through the Navigate tab. Further navigation details can also be sent directly from the app to the car’s infotainment system.
Also new for 2020 is the available ‘DriveView’ program. Users can choose to enroll in this program that monitors their driving by tracking activities like night driving, hard braking, idle time and excess speed. These factors are combined to generate an overall driving score, which is visible in the app. VW hopes that this will encourage owners to drive safely and benefit from insurance discounts.
VW’s Car-Net system also offers a mobile hotspot that allows up to four devices to connect simultaneously. Existing Verizon Wireless customers can use their current accounts, while non-Verizon users can establish a prepaid plan for $20 per month before taxes and fees.