Talking to visitors using Volkswagen Car-Net App-Connect

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On the move and still at home. You can now achieve this in your car. Together with DoorBird, the Berlin-based start-up, and Hörmann, the gate and door manufacturer, Volkswagen will be presenting a world exclusive at the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) in Berlin: the means to connect to the door station at home using your vehicle’s infotainment system.

Clothing, electrical items or books: eCommerce in Germany continues its rapid growth. Your anticipation is all too often dashed when the order you’ve been waiting for arrives at your front door but the messenger rings in vain – no one at home. The delivery has failed and he goes on his way, taking the long-awaited package with him.

That is now a thing of the past. Even if you happen to be out and about in your car. The car’s infotainment system can alert you when a visitor or messenger rings at the door at home, even while you are driving. The driver can communicate with the person in question and in future will also be able to open the door, no matter where they happen to be, and without even needing to touch your phone.

The idea itself is not new, but achieving it from a moving car is. In future, it will even be possible to open house and garage doors made by Hörmann, Volkswagen’s cooperation partners.

What was shown as only a concept in the Volkswagen BUDD-e electric concept car at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is now reality. All Volkswagen cars which have Mirror Link™ technology, with which the Volkswagen App Connect smartphone app can be viewed on the touch screen of the infotainment system, are compatible. App-Connect (inkl. Mirror Link™) has been available as an option in almost all Volkswagen models since May 2015.