Ford releases Android Wear app for its electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Ford's MyFord Mobile on Android Wear

Ford’s MyFord Mobile app now has support for Android Wear. This means you’ll be able to lock, unlock, and start your car remotely, as well as check a number of stats, such as the battery status, or even get directions back to it in case you get lost.

This is only for Ford’s C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi Plug-in Hybrids, and Focus Electric vehicles with built-in LTE modems.

MyFord Mobile is at least one of the first of its kind on Android Wear. However, it is not the first Android app able to do this.

The OnStar Remote Link, Toyota Entune, Nissan LEAFHyundai Link, and My BMW Remote have provided similar functionality since November 2012 at the earliest.

Although I believe this is worth it just to be able to check the car’s status, MyFord Mobile and apps like it will never replace the key or remote control vehicle manufacturers provide. It’s been at least two full years since all the other apps I mentioned have been on the market, and keys and remotes still are quite popular.

An app that can replace your key is convenient, but in order to have this app, you need a smartphone or smartwatch, of course. Neither a smartphone or a smartwatch are as ubiquitous as a key, and they’re substantially more expensive, as well.

Not everyone uses a smartphone or smartwatch for a variety of reasons. Therefore, for people who prefer keys and such, they should always be around.

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Source: 9to5Google via The Verge; CNET

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