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Posted on 5 Nov 2018

2000 Handsfree

Phoning while driving has never been safe, so when mobile phones arrived on the scene the big question was how to stay connected at the wheel without having to hold the phone. The answer? Handsfree phone kits.

2004 Bluetooth Handsfree

The cable connection soon proved to be impractical and, anyway, the dashboard phone holder only got in the way. This paved the way for handsfree sets to connect with the car by harnessing Bluetooth technology. Bluetooth, the open standard for wireless communication.

2008 Bluetooth Audiostreaming

Mobile phones gradually became more than just devices used for calls and texting, and the way people used them in cars evolved, too. Bluetooth technology let drivers listen to their favourite music from their phone via the car’s built-in loudspeakers.

2009 USB, IPOD

Besides mobile phones, people increasingly used other devices to listen to their favourite songs, with Apple’s iPod leading the way. In-car entertainment systems were therefore designed so that devices other than mobile phones could be connected, using the Mitsumi connector and reduction cables for USB or the iPod.

2014 Smartgate, Mirrorlink

Perfect interconnection between mobile devices and cars came with smart multimedia systems. In ŠKODA vehicles, these systems are known as SmartGate and MirrorLink.

2015 Smarklink+ including carplay, androidauto

The CITIGO apart, all cars in the 2015 model year were not only given new designs and engines, but also incorporated new-generation connectivity going by the name of SmartLink+. Besides MirrorLink and SmartGate, this solution also offers support for Apple CarPlay and Google AndroidAuto.

2016 SKODA Connect

ŠKODA Connect, a whole new dimension in connectivity, allows you to control certain functions of your car from a smartphone or smartwatch. For example, you can remotely check the fuel level in the tank and driving data relevant to your last trip, see whether the car is locked, and find where it’s parked. You can make plans for your next trip and how to get there from the comfort of your home, and then send this data directly to the car’s navigation system. ŠKODA Connect Time Manager checks your diary and, depending on the traffic situation, tells you exactly when you need to leave in order to make your next appointment on time.

2018 Alexa

ŠKODA Connect Alexa Skill offers customers increased greater convenience when communicating with their vehicle. They can communicate from home via the Amazon Echo speaker, or remotely – no matter where they are – via the Alexa app in their smartphone, in order to check the total mileage, the fuel level, whether the windows are open or closed, whether the car is locked and where it is parked.

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