SEAT and Saba work on parking solutions for connected cars

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SEAT and Saba, which specialises in urban mobility solutions and in parking management, have signed a global agreement to develop vehicle services associated with parking.

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SEAT president, Luca de Meo.

Areas under focus include a mobile reservation and payment system for parking spaces, which will enable Saba clients to make electronic payments for services and which will be included in the digital solutions that SEAT is currently working on.

The firms said the collaboration lays the foundation for projects such as Parkfinder 2.0, which will enable drivers to know in real-time from their car which parking spaces are available.

The two firms will also explore the possibilities of new services such as shopping delivey or refuelling that take advantage of the time spent that cars are parked, which is estimated at 95% of the time.

The agreement will also explore the installation of recharging points in the network of car parks in Barcelona for the fleet of electric Miis that workers at the SEAT Metropolis:Lab Barcelona and Pier01 will be driving. This carsharing project will see a fleet of 10 eMiis on the streets of Barcelona that SEAT will use to test the possibilities of electric drive technology in shared vehicles.

The agreement was announced at Automobile Barcelona as SEAT’s president revealed that the new Waze app for Android Auto will be available in the entire range equipped with Full Link in the next few weeks.

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