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Ford “Smartwatch” App Lets EV Owners Monitor Battery Remotely

Those who drive one of Ford’s electric vehicles and who also possess an interest in “smart watches” may be interested to hear that the company has developed a new app that allows owners to remotely control their car on a smart watch.

To be more specific, users of the new app will be able to: check on their battery levels and unlock their doors remotely, amongst other things. The app is compatible with the Ford Focus Electric, the Ford C-Max Energi, and the Ford Fusion Energi.

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The Ford manager of Connected Vehicles and Services, David Hatton, commented: “The app gives drivers the ability to quickly check important data like available range before leaving on a journey without having to access the mobile application on their smartphone The app can also notify users when their car 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.”

The new app was designed specifically with smart watches in mind, so the display is reportedly rather well suited to the medium, and intuitive to use. Apple Watch users can simply swipe up from the default display to launch the app.

A few other features of the app are: the ability to start preconditioning the car’s cabin; a summary of vehicle mileage; a “last trip” feature providing detailed stats on miles per gallon, driving efficiency, etc; and a “vehicle location” service providing walking directions to your car.

Access to charging station locator services is integrated as well.

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.


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