Your smart car at your fingertips from the comfort of your sofa: Using a smartphone or tablet, car owners can adjust the air conditioning or heat and check the battery charge.
Imagine it's winter, 7 o'clock in the morning with subzero temperatures outside. Your car is parked in front of the house – and it's already snug and warm inside. Thanks to its onboard system, the car can think ahead and has already turned on the heater. Sound like pie in the sky? Not in Norway, where Sweden-based Telenor Connexion has worked with local car manufacturers to develop a corresponding app.
Cloud Connect, the solution from the Swedish telecommunications provider, connects people with processes and data. This way the product becomes a service. This is precisely how Telenor Connexion sees its key to success. "There is no area of our lives where the digital transformation is barred," says René Büst , senior analyst at IT consultancy Crisp Research. Take diabetics, for instance, for whom Telenor (in cooperation with Telcare) developed a mobile blood glucose meter, which also transmits the measured values directly via an app to the attending physician and, in the case of children, to their parents. Seeing their child regularly checking his blood glucose levels is reassuring. If necessary, the clinician can take immediate steps.
To make the Swedish Koenigsegg sports car still smarter, Telenor has equipped it with a networked business solution: An app provides the owner with direct access to important data, such as the average and maximum speeds and routine trip times, even when the car is parked and the engine has been switched off. What's more, while the driver gets added value, the manufacturer gains important information for the continuous fine-tuning of the car's performance.
Perhaps the German car industry will soon be collaborating with Telenor Connexion on an app that is already available as standard in Norway. Then no one would have to wonder anymore where they left their car – thanks to the tracking function that pinpoints the whereabouts of the vehicle. So although this would not turn a city car into a thoroughbred Koenigsegg sportster, the driver can nevertheless enjoy more comfort and safety.
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