Answering the Doorbell Behind the Wheel

You’ve probably seen those television commercials for the web-enabled video doorbell systems that send an alert to your smartphone when someone rings the bell so that you can deal with the person as though you’re on-hand.

In Europe, Volkswagen is bringing that capability to the car. It is working with DoorBird, a Berlin-based startup, and Hörmann, a gate and door manufacturer.

Vehicles that have its Mirror Link technology, which allows the Volkswagen App Connect smartphone app to appear on the touchscreen of the vehicle’s infotainment system, can make use of this functionality.

According to VW, while the idea isn’t new, having the functionality in a moving car is.

VW is working with Hörmann on allowing house and garage doors that it makes to be remotely opened through the app.