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160108 Connected Car Award for SKODA SmartGate

160108 Connected Car Award for SKODA SmartGate

ŠKODA Media Services:
http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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Connected Car Award for ŠKODA SmartGate

› ŠKODA receives ‘Pioneer Award’ for innovative SmartGate system
› SmartGate enables access to vehicle data, linking the vehicle to ŠKODA apps –
compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone
› Connectivity is a cornerstone of ŠKODA’s growth strategy

Mladá Boleslav, 8 January 2016 – ŠKODA has received the Connected Car Award
2015 in the ‘Pioneer-Award’ category for their innovative connectivity solution
SmartGate. The award presented by the magazines AUTO BILD and COMPUTER
BILD acknowledges the Czech carmaker’s smart solution for interlinking the
model range with their own ŠKODA Apps. The SmartGate and SmartLink
systems are the driving force behind connectivity in ŠKODA vehicles.

This is the third time the magazines AUTO BILD and COMPUTER BILD have presented
their Connected Car Award, which is given to manufacturers for the most intelligent
solutions to integrating smartphones, the Internet and navigation into the car’s systems.

ŠKODA was presented with the award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las
Vegas. “We are delighted to have been given the ‘Pioneer Award’ for our SmartGate
system,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier, adding, “With our latest generation of cars,
the topic of connectivity has become increasingly important across our model range.
Winning the Connected Car Award shows that our solutions for car/mobile networking
have been very well received by the customers. As a cornerstone of our growth strategy,
we will be putting a lot of energy into pursuing our Connected Car offer.”

Smartgate is featured in the ŠKODA Fabia, Octavia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Yeti and
Superb. By using the innovative system and the related apps, mobile devices can be
linked to the car to retrieve useful information, such as fuel consumption, driving
dynamics or service notifications. Another clever function is SmartLink, allowing
smartphone apps to be mirrored and accessed on the vehicle’s infotainment screen.

The ŠKODA Superb, introduced in mid-2015, plays a key role in the area of car
connectivity at ŠKODA. SmartLink (MirrorLink™/Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)
conveniently allows the infotainment system to be accessed with your smartphone.
Vehicle data can be accessed and used in various ways via the ŠKODA SmartGate
function. With optional high-speed Internet (LTE), the ŠKODA Superb can also become a
mobile hotspot in conjunction with the Columbus infotainment system. Another highlight
is the ability to control the Columbus system remotely: Selected services from the
infotainment interface can be displayed on your tablet or smartphone via Wi-Fi and the
new ŠKODA App Media Command.

The SmartGate function, which recently won the ‘Pioneer Award’, boats many useful
applications. Around 40 different parameters on the respective cars can be displayed.

ŠKODA Media Services:
http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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With SmartGate and the corresponding apps, the user receives useful information, for
example, on consumption and speed. Values such as average speeds, operating costs
and additional information can be displayed via the ŠKODA Drive app. In addition, the
user can view the route travelled on a map, then save the journey on the ŠKODA Drive
Portal, where you can manage data and useful statistics or graphs, and even share them
on social media.

The SmartGate apps are available to download free from the Apple Store, Google Play
and Windows Store.

For more information:
David Haidinger, Product communications
T +420 326 811 737
david.haidinger@skoda-auto.cz

Media images:

Connected Car Award for ŠKODA SmartGate
ŠKODA was presented with the award at the
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
From left: Publishing Director Auto, Computer &
Sport Axel Springer Dr. Hans H. Hamer; ŠKODA
AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier and Editor in Chief
COMPUTER BILD Axel Telzerov.

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Connected Car Award for ŠKODA SmartGate
ŠKODA has received the Connected Car Award 2015
in the ‘Pioneer-Award’ category for their innovative
connectivity solution SmartGate.

Download Source: ŠKODA AUTO

ŠKODA AUTO

ŠKODA Media Services:
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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently offers the following models in the range: Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
› in 2015 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and
develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.