SEAT, Samsung and SAP in Connected Car Alliance

SEAT has joined the ranks of car manufacturers touting connected car technologies at MWC – with a technology alliance with Samsung and enterprise app company SAP.

The collaboration has been showcasing technologies at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, and utilises the Samsung Pay platform that has so far launched in South Korea and the US.

The addition of SAP and SEAT to Samsung Pay has allowed for applications such as a car parking service that enables the user to reserve and pay for a spot without leaving the car, say the companies. In the future concept, the app allows users to reserve a space using fingerprint recognition, then navigates the driver to the space.

The car is allowed through the barrier automatically when it arrives, and payment is made automatically when the car leaves the carpark.

Another app concept allows users to share digital keys with other people, allowing someone to borrow the car without the need for physical keys or even for the two people to be in the same place at the same time. Digital keys are securely transferred between users smartphones, the companies say.

Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board of SAP products and innovation, says: “By leveraging standard integration through SAP Vehicles Network (SVN) and SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things, SEAT has access to a global parking inventory of connected on-street and off-street parking. Users [will be able to] secure payments via Samsung Pay and enjoy more seamless integration with numerous parking backend systems.

“Together, we are working to enable a simple urban parking user experience while laying the foundation for additional vehicle centric services.”