Vodafone has announced that Indian electric vehicle manufacturer Mahindra Reva is incorporating machine-to-machine technology into its recently-launched e2o electric car.
Customers can use a smartphone app to check their car’s battery charge, control the air conditioning and lock or unlock doors. The car will also send its owner an alert if the parking brake is left off or a door is unlocked.
Chetan Maini, founder and Chief of Technology & Strategy at Mahindra Reva, said “The e2o is the first and only Indian car, and among the few worldwide, to have telematics based features that enable 'anytime, anywhere connectivity' between our customers and their cars. The high performance telematics solution developed by Mahindra Reva for the e2o offers one of the richest set of telematics enabled features offered on any car in the world today. We are pleased to partner with Vodafone as our exclusive Machine-to-Machine mobile connectivity solution provider. 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. 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.”
Mahindra Reva’s e2o car was revealed in January this year. Pricing in India varies depending on local subsidies, with some residents able to pay from around £7,000.
|We talked about automotive M2M solutions in our podcast feature last week, which was recorded at the GSMA’s Connected City. You can listen to the interview via the built-in audio player on our website or by downloading the MP3 file.
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