BERLIN: SAP has partnered with Volkswagen and Shell in a bid to create a connected car ecosystem, beginning with a parking space and fuel finding mobile app.
The three companies explained at SAP's TechEd event in Berlin how they created the Volkswagen Mobility car app, described by SAP executive board member Bernd Leukert as "a completely new experience" for drivers.
Currently being tested in Hanover, the app is built on top of SAP's HANA Cloud Platform and uses data from Volkswagen and Shell to locate parking spaces and fuel pumps. It also allows payments for fuel to be made from a smartphone.
René Honig, vice president of portfolio innovation at Shell, claimed that the app is just the start of a partnership between the three companies to explore the future of connected cars.
"[The partnership] will lay the foundation for a connected vehicle ecosystem, and we've taken the first steps to make this a reality," said Honig.
"We truly believe that connected fuelling can improve the customer experience - making it simpler, faster and more fun."
Dr Olaf Dubel, head of new products at Volkswagen, said that no single company could create a connected car ecosystem, and that partnerships between the IT and automotive industries are vital.
Dubel explained how vehicles now contain more technology than ever before, making the creation of a connected car ecosystem a difficult proposition for a single industry.
"We are facing new challenges to make vehicles more intelligent and more networked, and we need the IT industry and we need other industries to make this happen," he said.
Dubel also explained that IT plays a major role at Volkswagen, and that the company invests €3.8bn a year in such technologies.
"We see the digital innovations of the IT industry transforming the way we live and work," he concluded.
While SAP, Shell and Volkswagen are combining their respective abilities and expertise, other companies are exploring the concept of connected cars on their own. One such pioneer is Google with its driverless car.
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