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Pininfarina Battista Gets "Unlimited" Roaming Capabilities From Deutsche Telekom

If we could draw a single parallel with the human world, Automobili Pininfarina’s latest move would be akin to somebody’s grandparent turning into a new-age socialite after creating their own flagship smartphone. That’s because the 90-year-old company announced their fully electric Battista has become “the world’s first globally-connected hypercar,” courtesy of a partnership with Deutsche Telekom.
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Well, this means the battery-powered sports car is going to offer “seamless global roaming” capabilities – and we mean that literally, as in being connected and online no matter the corner of the Earth they’re exhibiting the spectacular Italian design lines.

We can imagine that after paying the (still unknown) cheque owed to Automobili Pininfarina for one of the 150 Battista examples is planning to build in Cambiano, Italy, any of the customers won’t care much about the Italian coachbuilder and design house turned automobile manufacturer’s freebie offer created alongside Deutsche Telekom – they are talking about the global roaming capability in the same sentence with no “additional charges.”

On the other hand, the clients might care a lot more about the perspective of having an uninterrupted online experience anywhere around the world, along with a few other perks that are becoming a common fixture among high-tech EV creations such as the over-the-air updates and the Smart Diagnostics technology.

Just like any other EV out there with a lot of 21st century self-esteem, the Pininfarina Battista will get OTA upgrades over Wi-Fi (when in range of its home garage) or through Deutsche Telekom’s network of partners thanks to an embedded SIM when on the move. And it’s going to be capable of enhancing no less than 26 individual ECMs (electronic control module) across the powertrain, safety, driving, vehicle control, or infotainment systems.

There’s even a “digital concierge” onboard – which primarily takes care of the Smart Diagnostics technology, dealing with any potential fault either via a remote software update or by direct involvement from one of the brand’s engineering teams.

Of course, the Battista will have its own smartphone companion app as well, with users able to remotely control a myriad of functions or mirror some of their apps when driving.

Sure, the “globally-connected hypercar” experience will have a few caveats. For example, the services will become available in more than 50 markets – which is a bit shy of the official count (193 countries) listed by the United Nations last time we checked our geographical credentials.



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