SEAT pilots grocery drop-offs into driver boots

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SEAT has teamed up with urban mobility and parking solutions provider Saba to trial a new solution that can deliver drivers’ grocery shopping directly to their car.

SEAT has teamed up with Saba, an urban mobility and parking solutions provider

SEAT has teamed up with Saba, an urban mobility and parking solutions provider

The six-month pilot test is being run in collaboration with virtual supermarket Deliberry and Courier company Glovo in two carparks managed by Saba in the city of Barcelona.

Using the Droppit app – available for both iOS and Android – enables customers to order their shopping and get it delivered through Deliberry, as well as contact Glovo for delivery of any kind of errand to either of Saba’s carparks.

The customer leaves their car keys with Saba staff who accompany the delivery person, identify the car and place the order in it but the long-term aim is for technology to enable the service providers to access cars using fingerprint recognition supported by the app itself.

The project follows the news last month that Smart is expanding on its Ready to Drop+ logistics trials with a new project in Hamburg that enables Smart cars to be used as a parcel delivery box, using a personal car boot ID that provides keyless access.

SEAT is also looking at working with Saba to offer an app-based parking reservation and payment system, as well as on projects such as Parkfinder 2.0, which looks to provide real-time information on available parking spaces based on individual customers’ actual needs. Refuelling services could also be on the cards.

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Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.