The upcoming Chevy Volt is going to have the ability to communicate with you via an Iphone App. The application will sync with the Volt’s OnStar system, allowing its owner to monitor everything from the charging schedule to pre-set temperature settings inside the car (!). A list of the functionalities can be seen below:
- * Display the car’s charging status and schedule charging. There is also an immediate “charge now” override option
- * Display of the car’ state of charge, as well as electric and total ranges
- * Allow the driver to program grid-friendly charging times, so as to charge only when rates are low
- * Give the driver text or email notifications if the car wasn’t plugged in
- * Let the driver remotely precondition the vehicle’s cabin temperature using grid electricity when plugged in, operates both heating and air conditioning
- * Notify the driver if charging is for some reason interrupted, and when its fully charged
- * Display the car’s historic fuel economy performance data in mpg, electric only miles, and odometer reading
Sourced from here.
Other features such as remotely locking and unlocking your vehicle, and sending a request for it to blare its horn loudly to ease location in a crowded parking lot might become available soon, too. Can anyone think of other possibilities that exist?
In addition to the Iphone, apps will be available for the BlackBerry and the Droid, Google’s open-sourced operating system.
The 2011 Volt is scheduled for release in mid-November.