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REMOTE vehicle services that allow drivers to remotely adjust their vehicle’s climate control settings were out in force at CES this year, with most car manufacturers presenting their latest systems.

Among them was Audi’s free MMI connect app, which allows remote functions to be activated by devices such as a smartwatch or fourth-generation Apple TV.

BMW showcased its Open Mobility Cloud, which similarly connects networked systems such as its i3 EV and a smarthome with personal devices like a smartphone or smartwatch, but is said to have intelligent control that allows complex processes to be started automatically “without their being requested or having to be initiated with an app”.

Nissan also announced a partnership with Microsoft, tapping in to the software giant’s Azure global cloud program that will enable it to offer remote functions for its Leaf EV and Infiniti models, while GM’s Bolt EV marks the introduction of its MyChevrolet smartphone app with similar remote functionality.

Ford likewise had its new Sync Connect system on display and, in what looks to be a sign of the times, announced with Toyota that the Japanese auto giant would adopt the US car-maker’s open-source smartphone app interface for its next-generation connected vehicles, which kick off in the 2017 model year.

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