Connected Vehicle Technology: Find out what VW, SAP and Shell are up to

VWThe thing about car technology is that it evolves at a rapid pace.

What might have been big news last year isn’t something that is as exciting as this year’s news. Car manufacturers are always coming up with innovations to help sell more cars; it’s a well-known fact.

For example, one of the hottest topics in the automotive world is the technology behind self-driving cars. The motoring press and tech companies believe the future lies with cars that drive themselves.

As you can imagine, it’s a topic that has been a big talking point amongst everyone. Not just those involved with the technology itself. Another interesting development with cars of the future is “connected” technology.

I read with interest a press release from Volkswagen, SAP and Shell. It gave me an insight into how companies work together to build new vehicle technology. And so today I thought I’d share with you details of that press release, and what we are likely to see in cars of the future!

What is connected technology?

As you know, cars feature all sorts of weird and wonderful technology. Car manufacturers take feedback from owners so that they can refine future models. One common complaint from motorists is the need for better driver-car integration.

Don’t worry; I’m not suggesting that people want to become Transformers! What many car owners complain of is the need for location-based information and services. It’s no secret that most of us lead busy lives.

We seldom have the time to pull over whilst driving to find the location of the nearest filling station. Or even any other amenities for that matter. As a result, some of us spend time driving around aimlessly until we find a place we think will solve our problems.

How Volkswagen’s connected technology can help drivers

According to Motorline Direct, a trial by Volkswagen got run to help drivers solve their problems on the road. The trial, in association with tech firm SAP and oil company Shell, is set to lead the way for connected vehicle technology.

The trial got run in Hanover, Germany. So far it has been successful, and the trial will continue until all three firms are ready to roll out a production solution. By now you are doubtless wondering how it works and what it does, so let me explain.

Let’s say that you are in your car, and you’re running low on petrol. The technology, which works via a smartphone app, will direct you to the nearest Shell filling station. It can detect which pump you’ve used, and you can pay for your fuel through the app.

Another scenario is where you are rushing to get to an important meeting. At this stage, you might be wondering where to park.

The app can do two things to help you out here. The first is that it can direct you to the nearest car park with available spaces. And the second is that it can let you pay for your parking fees through the app.

As you can see, it’s a pretty exciting development that we hope will be in widespread use in the future!

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