Chinese automaker Geely, which owns Volvo cars, recently announced a connected car brand aimed entirely at people who want to share or rent their vehicle to others.
The vehicle features always-on LTE (Long-Term Evolution) high-speed internet access, allowing vehicle owners to offer up their rides to others, either for borrowing or rental. The LTE connection also uploads telematics data to the vehicle’s own cloud account.
The vehicle is a compact sport-utility vehicle that will be for sale in China starting in 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal. Europe and U.S are to see the vehicle in 2018.
The vehicle brand, called Lynk & Co., is a competitor to BMW’s Mini brand.
Geely is aiming to be the connected vehicle for the Millennial generation — always connected, always synced. The Lynk vehicles feature a large tablet-like touchscreen that can access the vehicle’s telematics features. The Lynk’s telematics and vehicle-sharing features also can be accessed via smartphone app.