Skoda Kodiaq SUV to debut new connectivity offering
Skoda is to debut a raft of new connectivity technologies on its Kodiaq SUV, covering information and navigation as well as emergency assistance.
Announced as order books open for the new large SUV, the Skoda Connect range of services covers two categories: Infotainment Online services provide information and aid navigation, while the Care Connect services provide assistance as well as remote access to the car.
The Infotainment Online services are available on Kodiaqs fitted with the Amundsen or Columbus navigation systems and include online traffic information that displays the current traffic flow on the selected route and suggests sensible alternative routes in the event of a traffic jam, plus Google Earth and Google StreetView on the Columbus navigation system. Customised information available includes fuel prices, parking information, news and weather. Infotainment Online services are available free of charge for the first year.
The Care Connect services come as standard on all Kodiaq models and include the Emergency Call function, which is automatically activated after an accident in which a restraint system, such as an airbag, has been deployed. The vehicle establishes a voice and data connection to a dedicated emergency call centre and transfers all of the necessary information. The driver or passengers can also trigger the Emergency Call manually via a button in the roof module. Service Scheduling is also offer. These services are available free of charge for the first 14 years of the vehicle’s life.
The Care Connect services also include a Remote Vehicle Access function. Used in tandem with the Skoda Connect app, this remotely informs the user about the status of the lights and fuel tank as well as whether the doors are open or closed. The Parking position function shows where the vehicle is parked. And there’s a Honk & Flash function to aid finding the car. As with the Infotainment Online solution, these services are available free of charge for the first year.