Skoda received the Connected Car Award 2015 in the ‘Pioneer-Award’ category for their innovative connectivity solution SmartGate. The award was presented by the magazines AUTO BILD and COMPUTER BILD acknowledges the Czech carmaker’s smart solution for interlinking the model range with their own Skoda Apps. The SmartGate and SmartLink systems are the driving force behind connectivity in Skoda vehicles.
AUTO BILD and COMPUTER BILD magazine have presented their Connected Car Award the third time, which is given to manufacturers for the most intelligent solutions to integrating smartphones, the Internet and navigation into the Vehicle’s systems. Skoda was presented with the award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
On this occasion, Bernhard Maier, Skoda CEO said,“We are delighted to have been given the ‘Pioneer Award’ for our SmartGate system”. He also added,“With our latest generation of cars, the topic of connectivity has become increasingly important across our model range. Winning the Connected Car Award shows that our solutions for car/mobile networking have been very well received by the customers. As a cornerstone of our growth strategy, we will be putting a lot of energy into pursuing our Connected Car offer.”
Smartgate System is featured in the Skoda Fabia, Octavia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Yeti and Superb. By using this innovative system and the related apps, mobile devices can be linked to the car to retrieve useful information, such as fuel consumption, driving dynamics or service notifications. Another clever function is SmartLink, allowing smartphone apps to be mirrored and accessed on the vehicle’s infotainment screen. The SmartGate function, which recently won the ‘Pioneer Award’, boats many useful applications. Around 40 different parameters on the respective cars can be displayed.
With SmartGate and the corresponding apps, the user receives useful information, for example, on consumption and speed. Values such as average speeds, operating costs and additional information can be displayed via the Skoda Drive app. In addition, the user can view the route travelled on a map, then save the journey on the Skoda Drive Portal, where you can manage data and useful statistics or graphs, and even share them on social media.
The SmartGate apps are available to download free from the Apple Store, Google Play and Windows Store.