You can now lock your car doors using Ford's smartwatch app

Fancy checking your electric car battery status from your wrist?

Ford has updated the MyFord Mobile app for its electric and hybrid cars with smartwatch compatibility. That means you can check your car's battery status, get directions back to your car, and more, all from your Apple Watch or Android Wear device.

The MyFord Mobile app, which is available on Android and iOS, has been around since 2012. The update makes some of the app's most important features available on Apple Watch and Android Wear devices and has been specifically designed for each OS, such as round gauges for compatible round Android watch faces and support for Glances in watchOS.

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One of the main features for the smartwatch companion app is range and charge status for battery electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Ford's manager of Connected Vehicles and Services department, David Hatton, says that the app can also alert you when your battery is fully charged, "helping a driver be courteous to other electric vehicle owners so they can free up the charging spot or avoid fees applied at some charging stations when you overrun your time after the charge is complete."

From your wrist, you can turn on the temperature controller, lock or unlock the doors, check your mileage, and view data from your last trip, such as miles per gallon and percentage of electric miles driven.

If you tend to forget where you have parked a lot, the smartwatch app also provides walking directions to your car's location.

Ford isn't the first company to bring smart car functionality to smartwatches. Hyundai has an Android Wear compatible app that lets you start your car from your wrist. Other car companies have also jumped on the smartwatch bandwagon, including Audi and Mercedes which have both teamed up with LG.

MyFord Mobile is only compatible with Ford's line of electric and hybrid cars, including the C-MAX Energi, Focus Electric, and Fusion Energi.

Source: The Verge

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