Volkswagen today announced that subscribers of its Car-Net service can now use the iOS app and Siri to lock and unlock their car. The Siri command for this will be, "Hey Siri, lock my car."

With the feature, Volkswagen owners can also start and stop a charging session for electric cars, set a specific temperature in the car, locate the car, turn on the defroster, check estimated mileage, check charge levels, and enable the honk and flash alarm commands.

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The company also confirmed that Car-Net supports Apple's new Siri Shortcuts app, allowing drivers to set personalized phrases that activate these Volkswagen connected car abilities alongside other smart home commands.

“We are constantly looking at innovative ways to make VW Car-Net more convenient and relevant for our customers,” said Abdallah Shanti, EVP, Global Chief Information Officer Volkswagen Brand & Car-IT. “With Siri Shortcuts, creating voice commands to use with our mobile app was a great opportunity to do just that! Integration with Siri helps our drivers keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Siri Shortcuts debuted in iOS 12 this past September, allowing users to create complex commands that tie together numerous apps, services, and smart home devices into one speakable phrase. To get the update for the VW Car-Net app, you'll need iOS 12 or later on iPhone [Direct Link].

Related Roundup: CarPlay

Top Rated Comments

adamjackson Avatar
30 months ago
For those wondering, Car-Net costs $119 a year. Most people I know have dropped it after the free-trial. Because it gives you things that you have on your smartphone for free like weather, sports scores, movie-times and SOS.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Robert.Walter Avatar
30 months ago
Subscription.

No thanks VW.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iapplelove Avatar
30 months ago
The problem here is it requires you to own a VW. We had such problems with a Passat that we’re determined “Passat” is German for “always in the shop.” Fun car to drive, though. It was used and had a manual transmission. It was for my wife and she hadn’t driven a manual in years. She texted me to come out (at the dealer) and show her how to put it in gear. :) Fun times.

Anyway…
Been a VW owner since 1998. On GTI number 5 won’t drive anything else ever/
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AllergyDoc Avatar
30 months ago
Been a VW owner since 1998. On GTI number 5 won’t drive anything else ever/
Nice for you. I can also report on our daughters 2 VWs: both lemons, 1 she’s still paying for. Will never buy another VW.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pamploner Avatar
30 months ago
It was fun during free trial. After that deleted the app. VW should show ad (not while driving) and give it free.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AllergyDoc Avatar
30 months ago
The problem here is it requires you to own a VW. We had such problems with a Passat that we’re determined “Passat” is German for “always in the shop.” Fun car to drive, though. It was used and had a manual transmission. It was for my wife and she hadn’t driven a manual in years. She texted me to come out (at the dealer) and show her how to put it in gear. :) Fun times.

Anyway…
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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