Lincoln to partner with Google app

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Lincoln Motor Co. on Monday will announce a partnership with Google that will allow users to schedule remote starts, lock and unlock their luxury cars with a few taps on their smartphones.

Ford Motor Co.’s luxury brand will be the first automaker to integrate its own mobile app — called MyLincoln Moblie — with Google Now, an app for Android phones that organizes information like calendars, weather, navigation and sports scores into user-friendly sections called “cards.”

Have a lunch meeting at noon on Wednesday? The app would alert you at the appropriate time to consider starting your car before you leave. If the remote-start option is selected, the vehicle is then warmed up or cooled off during the remote start based on the in-vehicle temperature settings.

It also can be used to locate your car.

“Delivering unique experiences for the luxury client throughout ownership is fundamental to Lincoln,” Matt VanDyke, director, global Lincoln, said in a statement. “By innovating with leading tech companies, we have an opportunity to personalize the ongoing interaction between the customer and the vehicle.”

The two apps would be connected via an embedded modem in the vehicle, Lincoln said. Both the MyLincoln Mobile connectivity and Google services are opt-in features, and notifications can be turned off.

The features will be available on the 2015 MKC crossover, MKZ midsize sedan and 2016 MKX midsize SUV, Lincoln said.

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