With help from Swedish IoT technology from Fältcom, luxury car owners never have to visit a gas station again.
Innovative American technology start-up, Filld – a mobile app-based fuel-delivery service – and VW Group’s Electronics Research Laboratory have been successfully running a trial in Silicon Valley for luxury car drivers.
As part of this new collaboration, Fältcom's MIIPS platform connects the car to the Internet, detects fuel consumption, and offers automated refueling via the app from Filld's service car – at a time and place of the owner's choosing. The per-gallon price is based on the lowest of the three closest gas stations to where the car is parked.
This luxury connected car integration means that customers don’t even need to unlock the fuel cap themselves, or identify the car’s exact location, as this is enabled by Fältcom's technology and done for them securely.
“I am delighted to have worked with Fältcom on our Filld for Bentley project, and user trial we have been successfully running in Silicon Valley. I have been particularly impressed with the MIIPS platform they provided, which enabled us to get the service up and running really quickly, and allowed us to focus on API integration and service enhancement rather than low-level hardware and software issues. Using such a capable, proven solution really helped us achieve our goals”, says Dr Ian Kendall, Principal Engineer Connected Car, VW Electronics Research Lab, Belmont, California.
"This is a very important collaboration for Fältcom, because it demonstrates how we can create customized solutions that offer lasting customer value, even for the world’s biggest consumer brands. That's why this collaboration has symbolic value in both the U.S. and the U.K.," says Tobias Andersson, Vice President, Worldwide sales.
The trial has recently concluded with owners in San Francisco and Silicon Valley having run over the summer, and the success of the project is now being evaluated to decide if such a service integration can be offered commercially.
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Tobias Andersson, Vice President, Worldwide sales, Fältcom, +46 72 560 95 93, firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronics Research Laboratory
The Electronics Research Laboratory (ERL) is a part of the global research and development network that supports the Volkswagen Group. Located in Silicon Valley, they aim to drive change by creating bold new ideas for the Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Ducati brands. Ideas that not only not only impact one of the world’s largest car makers, but also the lives of millions of people. Ideas that change the world!
Fältcom sells and develops systems with reliable and secure communication for services in machine-to-machine communication, M2M, and the IoT (Internet of Things). Fältcom was founded in Umeå in 1998 and currently has over 160,000 installed devices, 40,000 of which consist of the open MIIPS platform. MIIPS is found in everything from Volvo’s test cars to all Swedish weather stations and speed cameras, as well as thousands of buses, and regulates when the lights in cities like Malmö turn off and on every day, among other things. Fältcom is mostly owned by SEB Venture Capital and Industrifonden, and has about 40 employees at the headquarters in Umeå www.faltcom.se