You know what they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. The latest hot thing is mobile applications. General Motors just launched their suite of applications, which could possibly change the way we interact with our vehicles. Yesterday Audi hopped on the iPhone app trolly and announced their new iPhone CarMonitor app.
The CarMonitor application utilizes the OBD-II port in almost all Audis, relaying real time performance data back to application. One of the features that Audi highlights is the engine RPM. Some of the older Audis do not have a tachometer, using the application they will be able to tell the engines speed. Other features include emissions and CO2 output information.
Audi has taken the application one step further with an internet website called My Audi Labs. Drivers can upload data collected in the application to the website and then share it with the VW Labs Community. How very social.
The application will be in the iTunes App Store "soon" according to Audi. No price was mentioned, though one might assume it would be free since you will need a proprietary OBD-II port cable for your Audi to connect with the iPhone.