Forget those difficult-to-program garage door buttons integrated into the rearview mirror of many new cars. Mitsubishi and Chamberlain have teamed to let drivers tap a button in the infotainment display to open garage doors from anywhere.
The system debuts on the reworked and restyled 2022 Eclipse Cross, a compact crossover SUV that is the brand’s styling flagship. Mitsubishi also said that owners of 2018 through 2020 (there was no 2021 model) Eclipse Cross models can use a smartphone app that integrates Chamberlain’s myQ software that connects garage door openers to the internet.
Newer Chamberlain garage door openers either offer as standard the company’s myQ Wi-Fi connectivity, or users can add an extra-cost Smart Garage Hub that lets the garage door opener talk to the Internet of Things. The system will also allow drivers to see if their garage doors are open or closed, and they can adjust it accordingly. Using the system through the 2022 Eclipse Cross SUV’s touchscreen does require a connected smartphone to be able to access data, so it may not be possible to open your garage door when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Additionally, myQ-connected garage doors work with Amazon’s delivery service to allow drivers to deposit packages securely indoors at the tap of a button.
Initially, the system will work only with Android devices, though Mitsubishi says that Apple CarPlay compatibility will become available later this year.