Published: September 8, 2015 |
SEAT is prioritising in-car connectivity across its model range, in an attempt to take a lead in offering a range of online services to buyers. The Volswagen subsidiary company says that it is attempting to bridge “the gap between the smartphone and infotainment system” with its new Connect infotainment system – based around a 6.5-inch colour touchscreen – and Full Link software, which will be introduced initially in the new Ibiza supermini, followed by the Alhambra, Leon and Toledo. The system will include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink to enable smartphone users to connect to the infotainment system and control many of the phone’s functions and apps in a safer – and legal – way.
Seat’s new connectivity package includes phone app
The Full Link software offers essential functions, such as satellite navigation from certified apps, while Google Maps can now be used safely via the car’s touchscreen. In addition, apps that have been approved as safe to use (music streaming services such as Spotify, for example) while driving can also be accessed. Driver distraction is also tackled by Full Link, as the system has a read-out function, so emails, tweets and Facebook posts, plus news streams and other social media can be audibly communicated to the driver. A Voice to Reply function also means that messages can be responded to, which can be useful for company car drivers’ productivity.
The carmaker is also introducing Seat DriveApp, which works with Full Link to allow owners to monitor aspects such as vehicle maintenance and traffic alerts, and offers eco-driving guidance. Using the app, owners can be prompted to check tyre pressures and point the way to a local Seat dealer to replace any part identified as needing replacing. Traffic alerts take drivers along the most effective route to a destination and a Challenger feature makes eco driving more fun with a range of tests.