Mahindra GenZe partners AT&T to develop connected electric scooters

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 05 Jan 2016

Mahindra GenZe, the US-based and Mahindra Group-owned all-electric two-wheeler manufacturer, has partnered with American telecom major AT&T to develop a new line of motorised, connected scooters aimed at budget- and environmentally-conscious city dwellers.

The GenZe will use AT&T’s network and connectivity technology along with the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) to keep riders connected on the go. The companies are working with Tech Mahindra to enable GenZe's telematics device to utilise AT&T's network capabilities.

The GenZe 2.0, a scooter built for urban commuters, works on a CANBus network. The connected scooter uses multiple AT&T IoT products including Global SIM and AT&T Control Center to build the GenZe mobile rider solution. The GenZe Cruise–Connect System monitors data through a cloud–based system and governs settings through the app.

That means riders will be able to use their scooter’s connectivity to look at vital information like battery level and various driving statistics. The app will also display emissions and will let drivers shift between more powerful and more eco-friendly modes.

"We continue to focus on meeting the demands of today's connected urban commuters," said Vish Palekar, CEO, GenZe. "GenZe is redefining urban mobility. We deliver a fun and practical commute experience by incorporating cutting edge technology, like AT&T's IoT connectivity."

The GenZe 2.0, which is designed, engineered and is being manufactured in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has  a removable lithium-ion battery which riders can recharge at any standard electrical outlet. Also, ample rear storage space lets riders get where they want and take all of their belongings with them. It enables device recharging in a compartment under the driver's seat. 

Scooters are not as popular in the United States as they are in Europe or India, so only time will tell if this turn for the electric and connected will give a new charge to two wheels in America.

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