VW's mobile app now offers more features.
Technology has changed how we interact with our cars. Instead of turning a key in a slot, it is now possible to start your car using only your smartphone. Volkswagen jumped in on the technology craze in 2014 with its Car-Net mobile app, which has just been massively upgraded for all 2020 model year vehicles. The updated app gives VW owners a slew of no-cost features in four areas: Remote Access, Safe & Secure, Hotspot, and Guide & Inform.
The first component of the app is Car-Net Remote Access, which allows owners to interact with their car from miles away. VW will offer the feature for five years past the delivery date at no-cost, giving owners the ability to start and stop the engine, lock and unlock the doors, honk and flash the lights, and find the last parked location. It also includes a remote vehicle status display, which shows information on fuel level, mileage, and door, and window status. If the car is equipped with built-in navigation, the app can also send destinations to the car.
Remote Access can also provide vehicle diagnostic information, schedule service appointments, set curfews and boundary limits for specific drivers, and even save owners money on car insurance by tracking night driving, hard braking, idle time, and excess speed.
The second feature of the app, Car-Net Safe & Secure, is not a free feature. It is a $99 per year subscription giving VW owners access to Information Assistance, Emergency Assistance, Automatic Crash Notification, Anti-Theft Alert, and Stolen Vehicle Location Assistance. Hotspot is also a paid addition to the app where owners can pay an additional fee to access 4G LTE WiFi in the car. Verizon customers can simply add their VW to an existing data plan while non-Verizon customers can pay $20 per month.
Finally, Car-Net Guide & Inform is an add-on for navigation-equipped vehicles which adds traffic reports, fuel prices, sports scores, movie times, and weather data. If you have just purchased a 2020 model year Volkswagen, be sure to download the Car-Net app to take advantage of these features.