Bentley Motors now lets passengers of Bentayga luxury SUV remotely control the in-car systems via smartwatch, thanks to the new Bentayga Apple Watch app.
The British luxury brand developed the new app to enable passengers manage a multitude of functions from their wrist.
Specifically, this new technology, which makes use of bespoke digital architecture, touts these capabilities:
1. It allows passengers to keep an eye on the distance traveled, speed of the vehicle plus outside temperature in "real-time."
2. Passengers can regulate the ventilation, heating and even the massage functions of the car seats.
3. They can even control the car's entertainment system along with the on-board climate.
Such capabilities are made possible through Bentayga's Bluetooth connectivity. Through Bluetooth, the app synchronizes with the car's Touch Screen Remote (TSR) system, letting passengers interact with the car from their wrist.
"The Bentayga is technologically advanced and combines this with luxury in a way only Bentley can achieve," said the Director of Electrical and Electronics at Bentley, Dan Whittaker. "This new Apple Watch connectivity is another example of how we are constantly innovating in order to enhance the customer experience."
Now the automaker does not recommend you to use the app while you're driving. Yes, this Apple Watch app is more for passengers rather than drivers. This app is viewed as a boon to those passengers who think reaching for controls on the car's dashboard is such a chore.
Bentley is not the first brand to unveil a smartwatch app to make it possible for owners to remotely control their car.
In February, Tech Times reported that Tesla released a new version of Autopilot that comes with a functionality named Summon, allowing owners of Model S or Model X to move their car with a smartwatch or a smartphone.
For example, with Summon, users can prompt their car to open the garage door, enter the garage and shut down.
At the moment, owners of these Tesla cars can only carry out a limited function. However, the company promised to expand the utility of the feature down the line.