During an Apple conference call with analysts Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook confirmed the Apple Watch will ship in April, a bit later than the March launch many had expected.
Cook, however, said the Watch is on schedule.
As we’ve been reporting, the Watch is expected to figure in controlling car functions such as remote start and door lock/unlock. In the future it might also be used to track your car and even remotely park your car.
Directed announced at CES that it will offer remote start from smartwatches including the Apple Watch upon its release. VOXX (Audiovox) and Compustar are examining offering remote start from a watch.
Eight car makers have shown watch control features for a car and two have announced production (Hyundai and BMW).
IHS research estimates smartwatches alone (not counting fitness bands) will jump from shipments of 5 million units in 2014 to 25 million this year (worldwide) largely due to the release of the Apple Watch this spring.
Separately, Startup Blackhawk RES is seeking to launch its own smartwatch to remote start cars.
Source: Apple Insider