Your car as your delivery address: ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab starts pilot

Your car as your delivery address: ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab starts pilot

› ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is testing deliveries to the boot for purchases made online

› Pilot starts in collaboration with leading Czech online retailers Alza.cz and Rohlik.cz

› Parcel couriers are provided with secured access to the boot

› Data encryption and stringent access management guarantee the security for data

transmission and carrying out the service

Mladá Boleslav, 14 March 2019 – For many online shoppers, their car’s location and number

plate could soon be their new delivery address. In collaboration with Alza.cz and Rohlik.cz,

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab has developed a system whereby the courier will place the delivery

directly in the boot of a car. The technology required for remote access to the vehicle is now

being tested in a pilot. Security is of paramount importance for this: data is encrypted and the

parcel courier is restricted to opening the vehicle within a short time frame that is defined by

the customer.

Anybody who buys goods online knows the dilemma: the product is always delivered when you are not

at home. Together with its partners Alza.cz and Rohlik.cz, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is now testing a safe

and straight-forward solution for everyone who is sick of collecting their parcels from a depot or their

neighbour. Anyone making a purchase from these online shops can have their parcel delivered

straight to the boot of their ŠKODA in future. To make use of this delivery method, the customer gives

the respective service partner permission via a mobile app. When an order is placed, the car’s location

is displayed to the courier via GPS for subsequent delivery. Using the app, the courier is then granted

one-time-only, secured access to open the boot within a pre-defined time frame. They then place the

parcel in the boot, subsequently relock the vehicle using the app and the customer is notified about the

successful delivery.

Jarmila Plachá, Head of ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, pointed out, “This pilot project provides a concrete

look ahead at how everyday life can be made even simpler and more convenient in future by using

state-of-the-art technology. I’m looking forward to further developing this project together with our

partners.”

Tomáš Havryluk, Vice Chairman of the Board at Alza.cz, stated, “As we put customer satisfaction first,

we are always on the lookout for innovations that we can apply to our products and services. By

adding the option of delivering our products straight to the boot of a car, we offer our customers an

amazing new service that will make shopping with us even more enjoyable.”

Tomáš Čupr, founder of Rohlik.cz, explained, “I am confident that our customers will very much

appreciate delivery to their boot. This innovation is perfectly tailored to their needs, thus providing real

added value. This method of delivery has the potential to change our shopping routine in future.”

The service and technology are currently being tested and specifically optimised; the system is going

to be trialled for the project partners by a small selection of customers.

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is the Czech car manufacturer’s central workshop for developing new mobility

services and technology. It is considered to be part of the international start-up scene and is constantly

scouting for new opportunities to collaborate with creative minds from the IT sector. In doing so,

ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab is working with progressive global start-ups, innovative enterprises, universities

and innovation centres from all over the world. In 2017, ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel Ltd was founded

in Tel Aviv, and has since been looking for further partners in the technology hotspot.

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