A new technology center has been opened by Škoda in Prague – named Škoda X – to enable the vehicle manufacturer to develop and deploy a range of digital and smart services within the Enyaq iV and in the rest of its vehicle portfolio.
Initially, engineers and researchers at Škoda X will focus on the testing of peer-to-peer car hire which enables private owners of Škoda vehicles to offer their vehicle as a rental car to other potential users.
Several other technologies will also be trialled by the OEM at the innovation hub, including a new Pay to Fuel service delivered via the vehicle’s infotainment system. Škoda’s Pay to Fuel service utilizes the car’s GPS system to work out its exact location before asking the driver to enter the fuel pump number, negating the need for users to queue to pay. The payment transaction is conducted by the infotainment system which stores the user’s credit card details.
Additional services to be trialled include the the DigiCert service – Škoda’s Digital Certificate which is designed to enhance buyer and seller confidence. Available via Care Connect: Remote Access, the DigiCert service provides users with an array of vehicle data including identification, technical specifications, current mileage, prepaid service and warranty extensions in addition to the complete service history.
Once trials of the aforementioned services and technologies have been completed, Škoda intends to roll them out for vehicles based in European countries including the UK.
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