Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS: “Connectivity supports mobility delight”

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Yves Bonnefont, DS brand CEO, shares its vision on the many interesting changes car connectivity will bring in the near future and how it will impact fleet management.

How do you visualize the connectivity of tomorrow?
“More than ever, our mission is to give freedom and mobility delight to our customers. Connectivity will address three core issues:

  1. Connected cars shall optimise drive times with real-time traffic analysis and increasingly sophisticated co-piloting.
  2. Users expect a seamless integration of cars with their smartphone. At DS, we address this need on our full range with mirroring capability (e.g. with Apple Car PlayTM) and with a car “companion app” – MyDS – giving access to all our services.
  3. Big data about car status and usage is growing and will enable multiple improvements in design, infrastructure safety through anonymous behaviour analytics. It will also offer the opportunity to users to subscribe to new services such as Pay As You Drive.”

How can fleet connectivity improve employee mobility and bring efficiency?
“DS is a front runner in fleet connectivity. All models are eligible to DS Connect Box, a telematics unit allowing the DS Connect Fleet Management programme. Its real-time connection to any fleet management platform lets companies reduce their cars’ Total Cost of Ownership by streamlining maintenance, fuel consumptions and CO2 emissions while improving vehicle dispatching thanks to geolocation.”

Safety is crucial. With what tools can company cars become connected and safe for their drivers?
“When it comes to safety, connectivity can do a lot. It can reduce driver distraction e.g. with Mirror Screen technology, such as Apple CarPlayTM or MirrorLink® enabling drivers to control their smartphones with the car’s touchscreen or by voice. Connectivity can also take emergency actions in case of accidents, our factory-fitted DS Connect Box SOS & Assistance places automatic, geo-located calls to emergency units if airbag pops-up. Big data analytics can also help identify dangerous zone and decide the right infrastructure improvement measures.”

Picture copyright: PSA Group, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:30Antigoni VokouSmart MobilityEurope
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