Published: February 02, 2015 | Sweden
Volvo develops vehicle that would alert mobile suppliers fill the tank when the car is parked
Volvo is developing a range of ‘self-filling’ cars that would never need to visit a petrol station. When the tank is close to empty, the car would send a message via smartphone to a mobile fuel supplier to come and top it up. The supplier would have a secure one-off code to open up the fuel cap, freeing the owner to park the vehicle and be elsewhere.
Volvo never officially talks about innovations and simply said ‘maybe’ when asked about the fuel idea.
However, the Swedish firm’s head of technology, Klas Bendrik, Group CIO of Volvo told the Daily Mail,
“The widespread use of smartphones is unlocking new potential in what you can do connecting a car with a customer. The internet of things has hit the automotive industry and the widespread use of smartphones is unlocking new potential in what you can do connecting a car with a customer.”
Mr Bendrik said Volvo had already tested a system where drivers can choose to have a parcel delivered by a courier firm to their car rather than to their homes.
It would be particularly useful at workplaces that do not allow employees to receive personal deliveries, he said.
Some Volvo cars already allow their drivers to activate de-icers remotely from the comfort of their home.
And the same cars can be made to sound their horn and flash their lights to help owners locate them in car parks.
The firm has already announced it is working on a project to allow cars to communicate to each other.
The technology would work a bit like a radar where drivers could be warned if two connected cars were driving towards each other around a blind bend.
Source: The Daily Mail