Automotive supplier Continental has developed a new digital communication platform for drivers and fleets. VoicR allows users to record short voice messages and send them to other interested users, be they nearby or on the other side of the world.
Similar to CB radio, VoicR uses predefined public channels as well as private channels. This gives service providers the opportunity to use the platform to send both general and targeted messages out quickly to staff on the road, in order to speed up the implementation of customer demands.
VoicR could be used by taxi drivers to communicate with other traffic participants, and to stay informed about current traffic conditions. Or logistics companies could send requests to drivers to check whether they still have loading space available. Or, to use a third example, fleet managers could use VoicR to communicate urgent messages faster.
The VoicR app allows users to create multiple personalised communications channels – fleet managers could create one to communicate with their entire vehicle fleet, another to talk to specific customers, or yet another to speak with drivers headed for specific destionations.
“The VoicR app is transforming the 40-year-old analog CB radio technology into a social ad-hoc network for the exchange of location-based voice messages in real time”, Continental says in a press release.
In addition to Continental's own Zonar Connect tablet, VoicR can also be implemented on a variety of other mobile devices and automotive infotainment systems. The smartphone version of the app can be combined with existing OEM apps to create specific service or club channels for popular vehicle brands.
The company will be demonstrating VoicR, and its specific benefits for fleet operators, at its stand at IAA 2017 IAA 2017 (14 to 24 September in Frankfurt).