After years of missing out, Chevrolet owners can finally check their smartphones to see where their car is. The brand announced Wednesday it has added a Vehicle Locate feature to its myChevy smartphone app for iOS and Android.
While most owners will likely take advantage of the feature to, say, locate their car in a crowded parking lot, the feature adds automated text alerts and sets up safety nets for certain situations. Owners should also note this feature replaces the former Family Link, which was solely based on the internet without application support.
Users can set a boundary area and receive alerts when their Chevrolet exits a target area. The feature could work in situations where parents want to keep tabs on a new driver, and the app will even send an automated text to tell family or friends registered that the car has arrived at a set destination. Users simply need to set a geofenced area of specific address to receive automated alerts. Up to 10 people can receive the alerts, but both individuals need to opt into the service.
Chevrolet also said the feature will likely be of use to those who regularly text loved ones they are leaving work, or provide peace of mind for those going on a blind date, for example. Even truck owners who loan out their workhorses can see where a friend has taken the pickup to and keep tabs on its location.
The service is part of Chevy’s Remote Access Plan that also features the ability to control the key fob from the myChevy app. Owners of 2012 and newer Chevy vehicles can take advantage of the feature now in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.