Connected Car technologies are now available across Bentley's range.
Unrivaled comfort, meticulous craftsmanship, and silky-smooth engines are some of the associations that come to mind when thinking of a Bentley. What hasn't always been true of the British brand's vehicles is the integration of the latest connectivity features, although this isn't a great surprise since many of the company's models remain on the market for quite a long time. The outgoing Mulsanne, for instance, stuck around for a full decade before departing earlier this year. But Bentley wants its customers to know that its vehicles are as connected as they are pampering, with Connected Car technology now accessible on every Bentley via a suite of 'My Bentley' services.
The Connected Car tech was initially offered only on the Bentayga SUV but has since expanded to the rest of the Bentley lineup, including the Flying Spur sedan. Bentley says that the service links customers with their vehicle and the outside world using an on-board data connection. A dedicated sim card offers everything from news updates to real-time traffic information and even hazard alerts. Paired with the My Bentley app, the various features are divided into three groups called Safe, Smart, and Convenient. Features linked to the Safe group include Private eCall that can, for instance, automatically contact an emergency center if it senses airbag deployment.
Lock My Car allows for remote locking/unlocking and Curfew Alert, offered in the US, will let the owner know if the car is being used outside of a predefined time period. With the Smart group, customers can enjoy features like Apple CarPlay and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Real-time traffic information, meanwhile, helps the driver avoid congestion.
Finally, the Convenient group contains features like remote climate control heating, remote viewing of the car's status such as fuel range, and over-the-air updates for maps. Some features, such as 'swarm' technology that can send information between vehicles, is limited to the UK and Europe for now. Still, Bentley has made the right moves to ensure that old-school luxury doesn't come at the expense of modern tech.