Wouldn’t it be cool if your car could communicate with you or remind you if you have forgotten to turn off the AC or kept the windows open? Well, Mahindra Reva's e2o is all set to become India's first truly “connected car”.
The e20 is equipped with an Intelligent Energy Management System and 10 on-board computers that provide real-time drive information, while diagnostics will send you alerts in case of any faults. And providing this information at your fingertips is the e2o app. Basically, the app communicates with the remote server that in turn communicates with your car via an onboard SIM. Vodafone's Machine-to-Machine (m2m) communication services have been employed here.
Stay connected with the Reva e2o
e2o owners can download the e2o app on their smartphones to communicate with their cars. Currently, the app offers seven services. It lets owners keep track of the car battery and know how far they can travel with the available charge. This information is provided on a map—a green circle indicates the area that can be covered in a round trip, while a red area indicates the range for a one-way trip. The map will also show the charging points available on the route. It’s also possible to remotely control air-condition using the app to schedule to pre-heat or pre-cool the car before you start your journey. Similarly, you can lock/unlock the car doors and even plan your trips.
e2o owners will also receive alerts on various events like disruption in charging due to power cuts, doors being left unlocked, ACs left running, or even if the parking brake is not applied. The maintenance of the car can also be simplified, as the Mahindra Reva Tech Help Desk can do a remote prognosis/diagnosis and notify the car owners of any faults detected via SMS or email. Another important feature is REVive, which can be activated from the app or from the onboard screen; it remotely activates a reserve when the battery runs out of power.
The app is available for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, and it also has a dedicated web page from where you can access information related to the car. The app can be downloaded for free and users will only have to pay the usual data charges when using it. The owners won’t have to pay for the SIM connectivity charges as that’s something taken care of by Mahindra.
Truly a smart car
Speaking about the car and the technology, Chetan Mani, Chief of Strategy & Technology, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd, said, “We believe that going forward, connected car technology will make a difference to convenience and safety; thereby, making a positive impact on the way people commute and interact with their cars.” The app will be maintained by Mahindra and it plans to add more features in the future.
Vodafone has provided similar m2m services in other countries, especially in Europe, and believes that it’s only a matter of time before we see more “connected cars” in the market. Naveen Chopra, Director, Vodafone Business Services opined, “It’s not at all difficult to implement something similar on other cars and there is already a lot of interest. In the coming few years we will definitely see more connected cars and the possibilities are limitless.”
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