Automobile maker Mahindra Reva has launched two new mobile apps called – ‘The e2o connectivity app’ and ‘Life with e2o’ along with the launch of its next generation electric car Mahindra e2o, reports NextBigWhat. The e2o connectivity app is currently available on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms, while the Life with e2o app is available only on the iOS and Android platforms, as indicated by the company website.
e2o Connectivity App
e2o Connectivity app allows users to remotely control various parts of their e2o car through their mobile phone. These include managing the car’s air conditioning system to pre-cool or pre-heat the cabin, remotely locking and unlocking the car and controlling the car’s charging status (i.e. to start or stop the car charging) and browsing through nearby charging stations and service stations on the app among others.
It also seems to have a trip planner feature, which allows one to plan their trips and a feature called ‘REVive’, which seems to have provide reserve battery juice when the car goes out of charge. However, we weren’t able to try the app at the time of writing this article, since it sought customer details for authentication purpose during the app startup time.
Life With e2o
Life With e2o app allows users to track their car trips via GPS and compare their car performance with the newly launched e2o across various parameters like fuel efficiency and total savings among others.
We tried the app on Nexus 4 and noticed that it currently offers a map view of one’s driving route along with the total distance travelled. One can choose to either see this information from the current trip or view a weekly report of all their previous trips.
The app also seems to offer information on total savings per week, month and year and allows one to compare the fuel efficiency of their car with Mahindra’s e2o.
Other Solutions: While we are not familiar with any such solutions in India but outside the country, US-based Automatic had recently introduced a smart driving assistant solution, which included a combination of a hardware device and a mobile app.
Users could plug in a hardware dongle called Automatic Link to the car’s data link connector to transfer information like fuel, mileage and engine information to the Automatic mobile app over bluetooth, following which the Automatic mobile app starts offering driving tips and detailed trip timeline to users. (Video Demo). Although, its worth noting that this solution will not work in India since Indian cars don’t feature a standard port to the vehicle’s on-board computer.