The Princes of Asturias visit Telefónica’s stand at MWC

Published by Telefónica IoT Team IoT General, Connected Car

During the last few weeks, connected cars and their different solutions have been one of the biggest promises of Mobile World Congress 2014, which is taking place from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th of February in Barcelona.

Now, after an intense first day in what is arguably the most important technology event of the year, we can say that connected cars delivered on that promise.

Telefónica’s stand featured a Tesla Model S vehicle. Numerous personalities were eager to discover first-hand the possibilities offered by m2m technology in connected cars. That were the cases of Their Royal Highnesses the Princes of Asturias; Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria; and Artur Mas, President of the Generalitat de Catalunya, all of whom showed up at hall 3 of Fira Gran Via.

There they were welcomed by the Telefónica team, led by President César Alierta; as well as the representatives from Tesla, which explained in detail the features of the Tesla Model S, a car connected by Telefónica.

Inside the vehicle, the visitors were able to have a look at the 17-inch touchscreen that centralizes the control of a large number of features of the car, from the temperature to the control of the all-glass panoramic roof and the music player.

One of the main characteristics of this vehicle is its capacity to improve itself in an agile, efficient way: besides the current features of the car, whose battery is designed for safety, its software will be updated when required.

It is, without a doubt, a vehicle that adapts to any driver. The final user will experience the smoothness and straightforwardness of the car and also how it becomes an ally when it comes to selecting the best route or finding restaurants, accommodations and gas stations. The act of driving will become a whole different experience.

How does it feel to drive a connected car?

To answer this question we turned to some of the experts that wanted to try the Tesla Model S at first hand.

Tim Stevens, CNET Editor, said “it feels great to drive this car”.

As for Tom Cheesewright, tech talking head for BBC TV and radio, the first thing he did was turning on the radio to enjoy it for a while. While driving, he couldn’t help but saying “wow, this is great”, and once the trip was over, he was sorry it didn’t last longer.

The representatives of Tesla and Telefónica and those who had the opportunity of testing or just getting inside the vehicle agreed that this is the car of the future, a future that is steadily becoming the present.

Thus concluded the first day of the event, but it isn’t over. If you wish to be up to date of everything that happens at Mobile World Congress, follow us in Twitter and LinkedIn.

Telefónica IoT Team