Lynk & Co, a global mobility brand formed as a joint venture between Geely
Holding, Geely Auto Group and Volvo Car Group, has launched its “always
connected” car. The vehicle uses internet of things (IoT) network and
infrastructure from Orange Business Services to deliver connected services
The 01 SUV auto is sold on simplicity. Lynk & Co offers membership-based
mobility for those who want to “rent” a car instead of purchasing it in the
traditional sense. The car incorporates a share button, enabling owners to
generate income via sharing functionalities. Lynk & Co members can also
control, monitor and share their car from a smartphone app that communicates
with the car via the cloud.
In-car technology has been designed to be as easy to use as possible with no
hidden extras. All cars have large configurable touch screens and telematics
that are always connected to the internet and the car’s cloud.
The truly connected car
Orange has worked closely with Lynk & Co and its sister company CEVT, an
innovation and technology company within Geely Holding, to build a solution
that enables the Lynk & Co business and operations model. Each car will
benefit from Orange’s IoT Managed Global Connectivity solution, which
provides secure and seamless integration between connected car services,
internet access and online tracking. This allows it to provide downloadable
billing reports and predictive maintenance updates, for example.
SIMs with a unified global footprint are integrated during the manufacturing
process. Orange IoT cellular connectivity allows users to enjoy the same
experiences across geographies by roaming between different providers as
“Today’s customers demand mobility and may not actually want to own a car.
Orange Business Services IoT services and global connectivity are helping us
achieve our vision of launching a mobility brand that is born digital and
designed to demands of always-connected consumers,” said David Green, CDO,
Lynk & Co.
“We are proud to be part of this new generation of always-connected
automotive experiences, aimed at making car travel safer, easier and more
sustainable. Our innovative approach to connectivity enables consumer
connected services like the Lynk & Co cars,” said Nemo Verbist, senior vice
president, Europe, Orange Business Services.
Consumers can buy the Lynk & Co car outright and car share it to generate
additional income or lease it on a monthly basis. Cars and mobility
memberships can be purchased online or from Lynk & Co clubs designed to be a
more social hang out than a showroom. There are three clubs open in
Amsterdam, Antwerp and Gothenburg, with Berlin to open next, followed by
additional clubs in Barcelona, Milan and Paris.
About Lynk & Co
Lynk & Co was created to provide mobility solutions for the connected
generation. We do make really, really good cars (the kind that have all the
features you want without you having to ask for them), but we also offer a
new way of using those cars. Our membership-based approach makes it simple
to get on the go. Members can access a car on a flexible, month-to-month
basis and share with friends, family, and the Lynk & Co community.
About Orange Business Services
Orange Business Services is a network-native digital services company and
the global enterprise division of the Orange Group. It connects, protects
and innovates for enterprises around the world to support sustainable
business growth. Leveraging its connectivity and system integration
expertise throughout the digital value chain, Orange Business Services is
well placed to support global businesses in areas such as software-defined
networks, multi-cloud services, Data and AI, smart mobility services, and
cybersecurity. It securely accompanies enterprises across every stage of the
data lifecycle end-to-end, from collection, transport, storage and
processing to analysis and sharing.
With companies thriving on innovation, Orange Business Services places its
customers at the heart of an open collaborative ecosystem. This includes its
28,500 employees, the assets and expertise of the Orange Group, its
technology and business partners, and a pool of finely selected start-ups.
More than 3,000 multinational enterprises, as well as two million
professionals, companies and local communities in France, put their trust in
Orange Business Services.
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