Mahindra Reva and Vodafone India have announced a strategic technology partnership with which Vodafone will provide Machine-to-Machine (m2m) communication services that will power Mahindra e2o electric vehicle.
With Vodafone’s connectivity the e2o owner can use his or her smartphone to find the nearest charging station, know the battery status and distance the car can travel, lock or unlock the car doors, control the air-conditioning of the car. The smartphone can also receive alerts on various events with the car such as disruption in charging due to power cuts, safety related alerts such as when the parking brake has not been applied.
"Vodafone is renowned globally for being a specialist in M2M solutions and a market leader in telematics. Leveraging our global expertise, we are the first telecom service provider to offer the m2m service platform in the Indian market today. Vodafone's partnership with Mahindra Reva is a true convergence of distinct, yet aligned visions to develop a world of connected machines. Our secure telematics connectivity offering, best in class m2m service platform and a superior network which has been tailor-made to suit unique aspects of Mahindra Reva's product and industry process," said Naveen Chopra, director, Vodafone Business Services.
The e2o is the first Indian car and among the few worldwide, to have telematics based features that enables 'anytime, anywhere connectivity'. The high performance telematics solution developed by Mahindra Reva for the e2o offers one of the richest set of telematics enabled featured 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" said Chetan Maini, chief of strategy and technology, Mahindra Reva.