The new-generation technology is completely integrated into the vehicle both visually and technically. The car key, which was previously kept in the glove compartment, is now securely stowed into the system’s new control unit. Slots for up to four chip cards are also included.
The telematics unit is networked directly with the vehicle electronics, which means it can also control the immobilizer: when the customer starts the rental process with his or her access authorization and enters a PIN number, the immobilizer is deactivated and later, once the rental is over, it is immediately activated again.
On the other hand, the solar roof is fully integrated in the on-board electrics. The solar energy is used to supply power to the telematics, and also to continuously charge the car’s battery.
“car2go is now well established in Ulm, Germany, and Austin, USA as an innovative alternative means of transport around the city,” stated Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “In future, to support the international roll-out of our mobility concept, we will be producing the world’s first series produced car sharing vehicle – the car2go edition – at our smart plant in Hambach. In this way Daimler is once again highlighting its leading role in innovative urban mobility.”
The car2go edition is based on the smart fortwo mhd and marks a switch from diesel to petrol at car2go.