Ramble by Sunil Bahl @SunMatrix
20Feb/17Off

Jaguar launches in-car cashless fuel payment

In a world-first, Jaguar and Land Rover owners can now pay for their fuel via the touchscreen of their car at Shell service stations. Rather than paying at the pump or queuing to pay in the shop, installing the Shell app via InControl means drivers can simply drive up to any pump at participating Shell service stations, select how much fuel they require and pay with PayPal or Apple Pay on the vehicle's touchscreen.

For more details visit http://bit.ly/2lOZfcC.

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18Nov/16Off

Volvo Concierge Services

Volvo is one carmaker that is actively experimenting with new ways (Volvo Keyless Cars and Volvo In-Car Delivery) to move beyond simply building and selling cars. In their latest effort, Volvo has created a service ecosystem around its cars that give its customers access to various third-party service providers to remotely fuel up, get a car wash, service the car, and more.

The heart of the Volvo Concierge Service is the digital key, a one-time-use location- and time-specific key that allows service providers access to the vehicle. This is a big advantage as it keeps the car secure and keeps owners from needing to meet someone and hand over the key. The supplier, whether that's a refueling company or a valet parking attendant or Volvo itself (for oil changes and other maintenance), use an app that remotely unlocks the car and allows the engine to turn on.

The Volvo Concierge Services are currently being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area with owners of the new Volvo XC90 SUVs and S90 sedans.

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19Feb/16Off

Volvo Keyless Cars

For decades, drivers have been accustomed to accessing and driving cars with physical keys. But no longer. In a ground-breaking move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars plans to become the world's first car manufacturer to offer cars without keys from 2017.

Volvo customers will be offered an application for their mobile phones to replace the physical key with a digital key. The innovative Bluetooth-enabled digital key technology, will offer Volvo customers far more flexibility, enabling them to benefit from entirely new ways to use and share cars.

The new Volvo app would enable the digital key on the customer’s mobile phone to do everything a physical key currently does, such as locking or unlocking the doors or the trunk and allowing the engine to be started.

Volvo plans to roll out the technology to a "limited" number of commercially available cars in 2017 and will test it in the real world from spring 2016 via its car sharing firm Sunfleet, stationed at Gothenburg airport, Sweden. Physical keys will continue to be offered for people who want them.

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27Nov/15Off

Volvo In-Car Delivery

Swedish carmaker Volvo is launching a new in-car delivery service for customers who subscribe to the Volvo On Call telematics service and live in Gothenburg (Sweden).

This Christmas, customers who meet these basic requirements of the Volvo in-car delivery service will be able to have their packages delivered directly to their car, rather than their house. The only catch being that the packages must be ordered from online retailers Lekmer.com and Mat.se.

The package will be delivered by communications and logistics company PostNord, who will find the customers car and use a special one-time access digital key to open the car and drop the package in the boot.

In-car delivery is a good example of how carmakers are experimenting with new ways to move beyond simply building and selling cars. Tapping into connected technologies will help car companies like Volvo make money off customers long after they drive away from the dealership.

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