The last time Ford CEO Mark Fields made a trek to the company's expanded Silicon Valley outpost, his wrist was brandishing a gleaming Apple Watch. Turns out, it wasn't just for tech bragging rights.
Ford unveiled its MyFord Mobile app for both Apple Watch and Android Wear Thursday, which allows owners of electric or plug-in hybrid models -- C-MAX Energi, Ford Focus Electric and Ford Fusion Energi -- to access a suite of data from their wrists.
Designed to display correctly on either rectangular or round smartwatch faces, the MyFord Mobile app provides information such as range and charge status of the battery, last trip summary, vehicle location when returning to the car, mileage summary, as well as remote locking/unlocking and the ability to initiate preconditioning of the cabin.
The iPhone App user interfaces are illustrated below. The same app now has a companion Apple Watch app when you download it.
USA Today reports that "The news comes in the middle of the Frankfurt Motor Show, where connected and alt-fuel cars such as Porsche's E-Mobility four-door concept - a would-be rival to Tesla's Model S sedan - have stolen much of the limelight away from traditional gasoline-fueled models."
The MyFord Mobile app for smartwatches is available for free here.