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Have Fun with Siri Shortcuts and DroneMobile

Aug 04, 2020
Have Fun with Siri Shortcuts and DroneMobile

An exciting new feature was included in our latest DroneMobile update: Siri Shortcuts! We at DroneMobile are very excited about this new feature. If you have an iOS device, then Siri Shortcuts will make your experience with our app more convenient than ever before.

Shortcuts is a feature for iOS that allows you to automate certain tasks or sequences of tasks activated by voice commands or the tap of a button. Essentially, this app acts as a go-between for DroneMobile and Siri. Check out 3 fun ways to use Siri Shortcuts with DroneMobile below!

Learn more about how it works through this article - How to Use Siri with DroneMobile

#1 Fun, Customized Commands 

Man stands smiling down at his phone. "Hey Siri, start Maggie's Mazda" to the left.

One of the most useful and fun aspects of the Siri Shortcuts app is that it allows you to set up customized commands for your vehicles. When you go to set your shortcuts, feel free to get creative! Instead of, “Siri, start my car” you could say, “Fire up the engines”, or, “Ok, let’s ride” for a fun start to your day. 

Custom commands are fun, but they are also quite useful. If you have multiple vehicles on your account, you can set up commands with unique names so you always know you’re starting the correct vehicle.

If you have you and your spouse's vehicles added to the same account, you can use creative names, or simply add the make or model to the name. For example, instead of just "Start My Car" you can put, “Start my Ford”, or, “Fire up Maggie’s Mazda.”

#2 Add Multiple Commands 

Woman looks down at her phone. "Hey Siri, lock the Honda" on the upper left.

As you know, when you install your Drone hardware, you can enable many features such as simply starting and stopping your vehicle or rolling your windows up and down. Siri Shortcuts integrate seamlessly with your customized DroneMobile experience.

You can now create Siri Shortcuts for nearly any command you send through the DroneMobile app. This includes lock and unlock, remote start and remote stop, auxiliary 1 and 2, and trunk.

You don’t have to choose just one or two commands you’d like to enable, because Siri Shortcuts allows you to add a nearly unlimited amount of shortcuts to simplify your day. We suggest adding all possible commands to shortcuts, even the ones you might not use as frequently, just in case! 

Depending on your vehicle and hardware, you can enable 2 auxiliary commands and trunk to your DroneMobile account. You can set up a wide variety of aux features, but some of the most popular are window roll-up/down, sliding doors, or even the ability to turn on heated seats.

If you have any of these additional features enabled, you can set shortcuts for these as well! Wouldn’t it be great to have Siri roll down the windows of your car on a hot day, or pop your trunk when your hands are full? 

#3 Set Up Automation 

Siri shortcut pops up on an iPhone with morning automation.

One of the most impressive ways to enable Siri Shortcuts is the automation feature. This feature allows you to automate tasks or series of tasks for specific events such as a time of day, location, or even when you toggle on/off a specific phone setting. You can add tasks from multiple applications even outside of DroneMobile, so you can get as creative as you’d like!  

Automation is easily customizable, so the possibilities are nearly endless. But today, I’m going to share with you a few fun ideas. When setting up automation, I suggest you think through your day and write down several tasks you habitually complete manually with your phone. This way, you can see where there are opportunities to automate.

Today, we’re going to use Carmen as an example. Each morning, Carmen leaves her home to commute at around 7:30 am. To make her busy morning easier, and to make sure her car is warmed up in the winter and cooled down in the summer, she’s enabled automation. 

For her morning automation, she has added these tasks for 15 minutes before she leaves: run car with DroneMobile, check weather, get travel time, and message her spouse, “Have a good day."

Each morning, her phone will start her car, give her valuable info about the day, and send a sweet message to her spouse each morning with the tap of a button! You can even set up automation for a predicted time if you don’t leave at a specific time each day.

We're so excited to see what you all do with these great features made possible through Siri Shortcuts! Whether you're looking for automated remote start, or want to send some commands hands free, Siri Shortcuts has a solution for you. Learn more about how to integrate DroneMobile with your smart devices at www.dronemobile.com/smart-devices

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