High-end brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have updated smartphone apps for their vehicles so drivers can check information such as fuel levels, range, tyre pressure, climate control, or even book a service. Some also pair with a smartphone and integrate with calendar entries, allowing you to send directions from your next appointment directly to the vehicle. And in a development that is just about hitting SA, expect to soon be able to park a car with a smartphone app. Mercedes-Benz has introduced this feature on its 2017 E-Class Coupé and Sedans, and is expected to roll it out to the 2018 S-Class and S-Class Maybach ranges. Remote Parking Assist requires an iPhone or Android smartphone to be paired to the vehicle. Once the mode is activated, the driver steps out and uses a circular gesture with any finger on the app, continuously until the car is manoeuvred into the bay; if your finger is taken off the screen, the car will pause. BMW has a similar feature on i...

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