Imagine, if you will, being in the middle of a funeral service and you pull out your iPhone. You open up the remote control app you have installed and start one of the hearses in your fleet. Then you push a button and the hearse wheels itself around to the front of the building and stops to wait for the pall bearers to carry the casket to the back of the vehicle. Amazing thought, isn’t it?
Well, you can’t do all of that with your iPhone yet, but you can start your hearse and control some of the functions on your vehicles through an app on your smartphone.
The technology is courtesy a company called Delphi. Using Bluetooth technology, the company has created an app that allows you to remote start your vehicles through your key fob. You can also unlock doors and operate several other vehicle functions remotely.
Many experts point to the rapid advancements in autonomous driving field as an example of how quickly technology can advance. Just a few years ago a self-driving car sounded like something straight out of Star Trek and now we live in an age where a self-driving car was actually pulled over by the police. So many people think this development with hearses that can be started remote will lead to technology that brings the cars around, giving directors more flexibility.
As a funeral director, you are always trying to make your processes more efficient and elegant. Your iPhone can now participate and make that happen for you and your business.
The next time you speak to your funeral coach dealer, ask about the iPhone remote control app. Ask if they’ve heard of it. This technology is only bound to get better and that’s something to look forward to.