Chevrolet is making it easier for owners to keep tabs on their vehicles with the addition of a myChevrolet mobile app for the Apple Watch.
The myChevrolet app allows owners to locate their vehicles in a crowded parking lot and receive walking directions to it, activate and deactivate the panic alarm (horn and lights), lock and unlock the doors, and remote start and stop the vehicle. And it’s all now available from the owner’s wrist.
“The use of the myChevrolet app by our owners continues to grow across the entire vehicle lineup, so expanding its availability to Apple Watch was a natural next step and allows us to offer another easy way to manage key vehicle functions remotely,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet’s vice president of Marketing. “Whether you want to cool down your Malibu on a hot summer day or locate it after attending a crowded baseball game, Chevrolet owners can now make that choice from their iPhone or Apple Watch.”
An estimated 1.4 million Chevrolet owners have already downloaded and the myChevrolet app, with Silverado, Malibu and Equinox owners reportedly some of the most active regular users. Malibu owners in particular have used the myChevrolet app nearly 8.5 million times through the first six months of 2017, a 44% increase over the same period last year.
“The myChevrolet app allows customers to seamlessly interact with their vehicle in a variety of ways, like checking vehicle diagnostics, sending navigation requests or locking the doors," said John McFarland, director of GM Global Digital Experience. “As a result, customers who use the myChevrolet mobile app are some of our most loyal and satisfied Chevrolet owners.”
The Apple Watch myChevrolet app is available in Canada, Mexico and the US, in English, French and Spanish.
GM first started making remote commands available to Chev owners in 2010 via the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app. In 2016, the myChevrolet app combined with OnStar RemoteLink to offer mobile access to roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics and owner’s manual content, among other features, including key-fob commands. All new Chevys come with OnStar Basic, which features remote vehicle access and the AtYourService marketplace, where owners get special offers for dining, shopping, refuelling, etc., sent directly to their mobile phones.