Vodafone launches M2M “connected car” in India
Vodafone and Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, part of US-based Mahindra Group, have introduced an entirely “connected car” using the operator’s M2M service.
Claimed to be a first in India, the e2o electric vehicle is designed to be able to remotely access a variety of features and functions using a smartphone or tablet.
“We are proud to be the first telecom service provider to bring the M2M service platform to the Indian market today,” said Erik Brenneis, director of M2M at Vodafone.
“An industry-tailored offering coupled with secure connectivity, best in class M2M service platform and superior network from Vodafone provides Mahindra Reva the capability to develop a whole range of new services around India’s first connected car.”
The e2o will reportedly be able to alert its owner if the parking brake is off or a door is left unlocked, check for the nearest charging station and control air conditioning remotely, among a variety of other features.
“Going forward, connected car technologies will make a difference to convenience and safety, thereby making a positive impact on the way people commute and interact with their cars,” said Chetan Maini, founder and chief of technology and strategy at Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles.
“We are sure that our association with Vodafone will provide an even greater value proposition to our customers and enable new innovations in this exciting space in the future.”