Lynk up

31 : 10 : 2016 Ride-share Market : Lynk & Co : Geely

China – Car manufacturer Geely has launched a new brand aimed at drivers looking to share their vehicles.

  • Lynk & Co will release its first model, the 01 compact SUV, in 2017
  • The car features shareable digital locks to enable users to create their own car-sharing schemes
Lynk & Co, China Lynk & Co, China
Lynk & Co, China Lynk & Co, China
Lynk & Co, China Lynk & Co, China
Lynk & Co, China Lynk & Co, China

The 01 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen and telematics system that connects the vehicle to the internet and its own cloud network. The doors are locked and unlocked digitally using radio-frequency identification (RFID), enabling the user to share a digital key with other motorists by selecting the Share My Car option on the touchscreen.

The car, which will be sold at a fixed price in China, Europe and the US, can be controlled remotely via the Lynk & Co app, and the brand is encouraging external third-party software developers to use its open application programming interface (API) to produce additional apps.

‘The 01 will be the most connected car in the world, designed for a modern, urban audience who are used to collaborative consumption and all the benefits that this brings,’ Alain Visser, vice-president of Lynk & Co, told Dezeen.

The Big Picture

Competition in the Ride-share Market is heating up as brands such as Tesla introduce innovative new services, and Lynk & Co’s shareable 01 model is establishing the brand as a serious contender.

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