For electric vehicle (EV) owners who can’t get enough of their cars, the MyFord Mobile app will now let users remotely control their car settings and stay connected halfway across the world.
Car owners can control car temperature, seat warmers, radio stations and even start charging their electric vehicle’s battery with their smartphones.
“It’s such a unique opportunity that you could communicate with your car from anywhere in the world that it just made sense,” said Mark van Tol, Ford Motor Company of Canada’s communications manager.
MyFord Mobile uses on-board wireless module that allows the car to communicate off-board through standard cellular technology.
And since electric cars are all about going green, so is the app.
It offers functions that are both fun and practical for its users. EV owners can track their driving practices and see how eco-friendly they are on the road. The app rates car owners from ‘zen’ to ‘zippy’ drivers and figures to show how much money and CO2 emissions they’ve saved by driving electric.
For those concerned about conserving their battery life, MyFord Mobile technology’s option of allowing users to preheat and cool their cars means that instead of draining the battery, they could instead use electricity from the grid as long as they’re already plugged in.
“Let’s say it’s really hot and you turn on the AC, you’re going to use a lot of power from your car battery and you’re going to drain it and your range is going to be smaller,” said van Tol. “But if it’s plugged in and you’re using the app and you set the car to 20 degrees, it’s using power from the grid, so not the battery,”
The app comes with a list of other features, like remotely unlocking and locking doors, using a built-in GPS system to locate the car, locating charging stations in the area and much more.
“It’s just a great way to communicate with your vehicle and really turn it into something more than a car,” said van Tol.