What's more luxurious than controlling vehicle functions from your smartwatch?

“The luxury of control on your wrist.” That’s how Bentley is billing its new Apple Watch app for the Bentayga SUV. Now, your passengers needn’t bother fiddling with buttons and knobs like a commoner – folks inside the Bentayga can manage functions like climate control, entertainment, seat heating and massage, and more, right from their smartwatches.

Apple Watch wearers connect to the Bentayga via Bluetooth, and – in addition to the aforementioned controls – users can monitor things like vehicle speed, distance travelled, and outside temperature. Yes, all that data is displayed within the gauge cluster, but having to glance all the way over there is such a chore.

All jokes aside, it’s cool to see automakers finding ways to pair the latest technology with their vehicles. And while a smartwatch app like this may seem a bit silly, just remember, it comes from the same company that offers the Bentayga with an optional $160,000 clock.

Source: Bentley

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- New app enables passengers to control in-car systems from their smart watches
- Seats, entertainment selection and climate control can all be adjusted remotely
- Apple Watch app uses bespoke Bentley digital architecture
- Available to download now from the App Store

(Crewe, 4 May 2016) Bentley Bentayga passengers now have the luxury of controlling a selection of in-car systems from their Apple Watch, thanks to a new app developed by the British luxury brand.

The technology, which uses bespoke digital architecture, enables those being driven in the Bentayga to remotely control the on-board climate and entertainment systems; adjust the heating, ventilation and massage functions of their seats; and monitor real-time information, such as vehicle speed, distance travelled and outside temperature.

Using the Bentyaga’s Bluetooth connectivity, Apple Watch wearers simply synchronise with the vehicle’s Touch Screen Remote (TSR) system and then interact with the car from the convenience of their wrist.

Dan Whittaker, Director of Electrical and Electronics at Bentley, said: “The Bentayga is technologically advanced and combines this with luxury in a way only Bentley can achieve. This new Apple Watch connectivity is another example of how we are constantly innovating in order to enhance the customer experience.”