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Audi introduces free smartphone app for roadside service

Tue, 10 May 2011

With its new roadside-assistance tool, Audi joins the crew of carmakers creating smartphone apps.

Available for iPhone, Android and some Blackberry devices, the free app connects you directly with Audi and its insurance partner, Allstate. The app sends your vehicle information to Audi Roadside Services, allows you to select the type of service you require and communicates your location using your phone's GPS.

This could significantly shorten the time it takes to dispatch service, Audi says.

Once you've requested service, the app will store all the details of the call, including the name of the roadside provider and when you can expect service to arrive. The app can also direct you to nearby dealers in a hurry.

By Julie Alvin