- Drivers with smartwatches can now simply look at their wrist to check the battery status of their electric vehicle, find their way back to their car and lock and unlock their car remotely
- The MyFord Mobile smartwatch app also enables Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi plug‑in hybrid drivers to check their driving range and review details of their last journey
- App is available in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish from the Apple App Store and Google Play; can be used with Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatches
Checking the battery charge status and finding your way back to your electric vehicle is as easy as telling the time, with a new smartwatch app.
The MyFord Mobile app also enables Focus Electric and C-MAX Energi plug‑in hybrid drivers to remotely lock and unlock their car, check the driving range and get key information about their most recent journey.
“Drivers can use their smartwatch to check their car’s vital signs, to easily know how long until the battery is fully charged and how far they can go,” said Bart Himschoot, engineer, Connected Vehicles and Services, Ford of Europe. “This also can save drivers from overrunning their time at a charging station, freeing up that spot for another electric vehicle.”
The vehicle location function provides walking or driving directions back to the driver’s car using Google maps. For the most recent journey, the smartwatch app shows fuel efficiency for the C‑MAX, or equivalent fuel efficiency for the Focus Electric, as well as the distance travelled, and braking and driving efficiency. Also displayed is a driving score, which is improved by efficient braking, maintaining a steady cruising speed, and accelerating slowly. Efficient drivers are rewarded by accumulating green leaves on the vehicle’s display.
The MyFord Mobile app – which complements the MyFord Mobile website – is available in Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish from the Apple App Store and Google Play, and can now be accessed with Android Wear and Apple Watch smartwatches. For round watches, the rounded gauges match the look of the watch’s face. With the rectangular Apple Watch, the user can access the glance feature to simply swipe up on the watch interface to quickly launch the app.
Ford is investing an additional $4.5 billion in electrified vehicle solutions by 2020, adding 13 new electrified vehicles to the company’s portfolio. This represents Ford’s largest-ever electrified vehicle investment in a five-year period.