Skoda’s SmartGate vehicle connectivity system has received a Connected Car Award at the CES 2016 event.
Combined with SmartLink as part of the Skoda connectivity platform, SmartGate has taken the Pioneer-Award category accolade from the automotive press at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2016 event which took place last week in Las Vegas. The Skoda platform is the basis on which the manufacturer’s model range is able to interconnect with smartphone apps from Skoda.
Rather than just linking apps into the vehicle infotainment system, SmartGate provides owners of most of Skoda’s model range with real productivity benefits when combined with the company’s own set of apps. These include things like status on the vehicle’s fuel consumption, information on driving dynamics and even notifications of when services are due for the car.
With SmartGate and the corresponding apps, the user receives useful information such as average speeds, operating costs and other information which 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 useful statistics or graphs can be created, stored and even shared on social media.
Expressing his delight at receiving the award at CES 2016, Skoda’s CEO, Bernhard Maier stated: “The topic of connectivity has become increasingly important across our model range and winning the Connected Car Award shows that our systems for car and 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 technology.”