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
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
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
2009 USB, IPOD
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
interconnection between mobile devices and cars came with smart multimedia
systems. In ŠKODA vehicles, these systems are known as SmartGate and
2015 Smarklink+ including carplay, androidauto
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
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.
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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