Mahindra Reva and Vodafone announce strategic tie-up
Mahindra and Mahindra has announced a strategic partnership with Vodafone communications for the recently launched e2o car. Vodafone will be providing machine to machine communication services (m2m) for the e2o which will enable the car buyer to control his car's functions. This process involves the use of two Vodafone SIM cars where one is pre-installed in the e2o and other will be the user's smartphone one. The user has to install the Mahindra e2o app from their app store (supported platforms are iOS, android and Blackberry OS) and then accordingly keep track of the car. Some functions which the m2m can do is know the state of battery in the car, find nearest charging station, receive emergency boost for 8-10kms and also help Mahindra technicians to remotely diagnose the car.
Speaking on the association, Chetan Maini, chief of strategy & technology, Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Pvt. Ltd. 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."
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