Apple has long been the premier company for innovative technology that serves to enhance our everyday lives. Their newest product, the Apple Watch, has a line of apps hatching from companies such as BMW or Porsche, that aim to bring you closer to your car when you are further away.
BMW iRemote is BMW’s addition to the scheme. The app is tailored towards BMW’s growing range of electric/hybrid vehicles, such as the i3 or the i8. Essentially, the app does what your car can do in terms of operational information display, except it allows you to do it from a remote location.
The bane of almost every electric or hybrid car owner’s existence is the constant anxiety of range, endurance and charge times. With the iRemote app, you are able to determine whether or not your destination is within range thanks to the Dynamic Range Map, making life just that little less stressful.
If you’ve bought an electric/hybrid car, then you’re probably all about low running costs. The app allows you set preset times for your car to charge in order to utilize the times when your electricity rates are lowest. The app will also tell you the charging status of your car, so you know when you have charged to the desired level.
The app can also tell you how well you are making use of the efficiency of the car. It can give you information regarding your driving style, such as a CO2 counter, and even compare these statistics with those of the community.
Although you wouldn’t expect people able to use the watch to have difficulty finding their car, BMW has employed a ‘Vehicle Finder’ function within the app. This, as the name implies, directs users to their vehicle.
The real beauty of the app is that before you even get into your car, you can precondition the car to your optimum atmospheric conditions, so your journey starts in upmost comfort. You can also do other remote functions, such as unlocking the car and flashing the headlights, just to name a few.
As great as the app is, it imperative to note that the Australian Police regard usage of the apple watch as an equivalent act as using a mobile phone. Therefore I strongly advise against using the app whilst in your car. In saying this, the watch really shouldn’t need to be used within the car, as the functions are designed to be used externally.
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