The Mahindra XUV 500 has always been one of the most tech laden purchases one could make in that segment. Expanding an already long list, the XUV 500 now gets Android Auto, Connected Apps, Ecosense and an Emergency Call feature to meet the evolving needs of today’s tech savvy consumer. Here’s what these new features are all about:
It is a first-of-its-kind technology that enables customers to optimize their driving pattern, in order to reap maximum fuel economy benefit. The system prompts for an appropriate gear shift, excessive idling and also for clutch override. Another exciting feature of Ecosense is that it enables the customer to instantaneously update “Ecoscore” and “Drive Summaries” through Social Media such as Facebook / Twitter / WhatsApp from their XUV500. It systematically stores drive summaries on the cloud using smart phone data
connection. These summaries can be retrieved by customers on the WithYouHamesha portal. Ecosense presents “Ecoscore” which is computed based on the following key parameters:
- Excessive High Speed
- Optimal Gear Selection
- Aggressive Acceleration
- Excessive Idling Duration
- Aggressive Braking
- Clutch Override
Allowing your Android phone to connect seamlessly with the infotainment system, the technology offers a plethora of premium features like connected services and apps on the XUV500. Android Auto focuses on safety & minimizes driver distraction by projecting Android phone content on to the vehicle infotainment system. It enhances the XUV500 driving experience by enabling customers to stay focused on road with simple, intuitive interfaces, integrated steering wheel controls and powerful speech recognition. XUV500 customers will have in-car access to Google maps with accurate live traffic, Hands-free telephony, Google play music, Internet music, Internet radio, Messenger, Audiobooks & Podcasts.
Mahindra continues to give strong emphasis on the safety of its customers. The E-Call feature in the XUV500 to handles pre-accident & collision conditions. In a post-accident scenario, it triggers rapid rescue by first responders is critical for saving lives. In an unlikely event of a severe accident and airbags being deployed, the XUV500 automatically makes the call to emergency services without the intervention of the vehicle occupants. It simultaneously sends alert notifications via SMS to pre-stored numbers of an ambulance, emergency services and Mahindra customer service (WithYouHamesha). The SMS contains vehicle and location details with Google map link. E-Call technology doesn’t have to be activated each time – it is enabled automatically by default, right from the moment a smartphone is paired with the vehicle.
The XUV 500 infotainment package now includes an exclusive “Connected Apps” in addition to other smart phone connectivity technologies. In order to run these apps, the infotainment system will now have the capability to access the internet via Wi-Fi hotspots. Apps in XUV500 ensures Nativity and uniqueness by providing India-specific entertainment, streaming music, live cricket updates, flash news, and information on best restaurants, that are available at a click of a button. The following Apps are compatible for now:
- Hashtag (Social media)
- News Center (NDTV, India Today)
- Calendar (Google)
- Foreca (Weather)
- World Clock
In order to ensure distraction-free safe driving and provide enriched experience, XUV 500 reads out news, tweets and sports information. In addition, newer apps and updates on existing apps will happen seamlessly over-the- air without the intervention of the customer.