SEAT has joined forces with SAP and Samsung to create a concept of the connected car of the future – and has showcased its technological innovations at Mobile World Congress 2016.
A ‘Connected Car’, a SEAT Leon X-Perience, has been packed with new tech that SEAT aims to have real-world usefulness – such as an app that allows the driver to reserve and pay for a parking spot without even leaving the car.
Similar to Samsung’s Pay platform in South Korea, the SEAT version is designed to incorporate SEAT’s ConnectApp and is operated by using fingerprint recognition.
Another technological system on display, the Digital Key, uses a Samsung smartphone as a car key.
It will also allow the driver to operate the air con and the windows remotely, but it’s most fascinating function is the ability to transfer authorisation of the car from phone to phone by creating a virtual copy of the car’s digital key.
A time limit is set on the duplicate key and when the timer runs out the sharing capability ends.
See SEAT’s Connected Car tech in pictures
There are plans to introduce a more advanced stage of the key, which would configure the car’s functions or performances such as setting a maximum speed or specifying the driving mode in order to get better fuel economy.
SEAT also announced that, in collaboration with Accenture, it has developed the concept of MY SEAT App, which seeks to explore the potential services opportunities of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The app will showcase functionalities including remote control of connected home appliances, replicate car dashboard warnings and alerts, and offer driving tips to increase performance, reduce fuel consumption and alerting the driver to unplanned car maintenance.
At the same show, SEAT’s Volkswagen Group stablemate, Skoda, announced that it has teamed up with RealVNC to develop Wireless MirrorLink prototype technology.
The system is designed to allow the transfer of content from your phone to the car’s infotainment system, wirelessly, which is an improvement on the current MirrorLink system, which requires a cable.