Remote start is one of the best creature comforts for car owners living in either end of the climatic spectrum. Remote start capability from the factory empower the vehicle to read the temperature of the cabin and automatically adjust the climate accordingly, allowing the vehicle to either warm up or cool down (given that the car has automatic climate control). And now, Lincoln is hoping to take remote vehicle capabilities to new heights with its new partnership with Google.
Through the collaborative effort, Lincoln has added the capability for owners to remote start their vehicles at predetermined times. The MyLincoln intelligent app can now integrate with Google Now cards on smartphones running Google’s Android operating system on select Lincoln models, including the MKC, MKZ and soon the 2016 MKX.
Normally, Now cards are used to provide the user with suggestions to complete various tasks with their smartphones. But what it means for owners of the remote start-equipped Lincoln models specified above is that the smartphone may send the owner a notification suggesting a remote start based on his or her schedule. The MyLincoln app also allows users to to lock, unlock and locate their vehicle, as well as schedule remote starts. These can be programmed for certain days of the week and times of day, as well as the aforementioned Google Now card functionality before the owner leaves for a scheduled event.
“Delivering unique experiences for the luxury client throughout ownership is fundamental to Lincoln,” said Matt VanDyke, Director, Global Lincoln. “By innovating with leading tech companies, we have an opportunity to personalize the ongoing interaction between the customer and the vehicle.”
The Motrolix Take
A unique experience indeed. 15 years into the 21st century, owners can finally feel like they’re using gadgets reserved for 007 himself.