SkyzMatic will allow the $6,800 Elio car (which will get a model name at some point) to give drivers access to features we usually expect from four-wheeled vehicles, things like remote start, a nav system, remote vehicle monitoring as well as in-vehicle VoIP calling and Wi-Fi. Now we know that the passenger will be able to check email while crammed in the back.
The cost for all of this connected goodness? Between $1,500 and $2,000.
According to the images on the Infinite Skyz website and the press release below, the SkyzMatic system will be able to transmit data to your smartphone – iOS, Android or Microsoft – and is also compatible with the new Apple Watch. The cost for all of this connected goodness? Elio estimates between $1,500 and $2,000, but we don't know if there's a monthly fee on top of that. We've got a call in to Elio for more information on all of this and will let you know what we find out.
November 4, 2014
Elio Motors Teams with Infinite Skyz, Turns 84 MPG Elio into Connected Internet Vehicle
LAS VEGAS, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Elio Motors today announced at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Show that it will offer the SkyzMatic vehicle connectivity system from technology innovator Infinite Skyz to provide customers connected car features including in-vehicle VoIP calling and Wi-Fi, remote vehicle monitoring and alarms, remote start and lock/unlock and navigation. The Elio ultra-high mileage vehicle, slated to launch in late-2015, will get up to 84 MPG and cost just $6,800.
The connectivity will also provide Bluetooth 4.0, in-vehicle Wi-Fi internet access, camera monitoring and logging, vehicle location monitoring and accelerometer data monitoring.
"Infinite Skyz and the SkyzMatic system will provide the deepest offering of in-vehicle and remote connectivity services available on the market when we launch in 2015," said Paul Elio, founder and CEO of Elio Motors. "Our company is focused on revolutionizing the transportation industry, and we are always on the lookout for other innovative partners who can improve our overall customer experience. The SkyzMatic system will provide convenience and peace of mind for our customers and provide another way for Elio to stand out among the competition."
Elio Motors has always considered its vehicle, with unique front-to-back two-person seating, to be an excellent vehicle for first-time drivers. The ability to track location, mileage and accelerator data will be a valuable tool to help monitor their children's driving habits. All of the information provided by the SkyzMatic system will be transmitted directly to an iPad or iPhone. All of the remote features will be transmitted with an iPhone or iWatch.
Gartner Group, the internationally respected technology consulting company, listed the "Internet of Things" such as the connectivity of a vehicle to the Internet, as the second most important technology trend in 2015.
"Internet connectivity for the things we use in our daily lives is set to experience exponential growth in the coming years and we applaud the foresight of Elio Motors to offer this unique technology to their customers," said Elizabeth Drake, Vice President of Infinite Skyz. "The information available to Elio owners through the SkyzMatic connectivity will significantly enhance their overall experience with the vehicle through added convenience and safety features. We look forward to rolling out what is certain to be a sought after technology on such a soon-to-be popular vehicle."
The Elio will be manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana, in a former General Motors facility that manufactured the Hummer H3, creating 1,500 jobs. In addition, the Elio will use 90 percent North American content, creating another 1,500 jobs at its supplier partner companies. These manufacturing jobs will in turn create approximately 18,000 indirect jobs across the country.
Elio sees multiple markets for the vehicle in addition to first-time drivers. For consumers who still need the occasional functionality of a pick-up truck, sport utility vehicle or minivan, he says the Elio is an "and" vehicle – purchase a larger vehicle for those times when you need the functionality, but use the Elio for solo commuter trips. For example, 76.3 percent of all commuters drive solo to work every morning according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
About Elio Motors
Founded by car enthusiast Paul Elio in 2008, Elio Motors Inc. represents a revolutionary approach to manufacturing an ultra-high-mileage vehicle. The three-wheeled Elio is engineered to attain a highway mileage rating of up to 84 mpg while providing the comfort of amenities such as power windows, power door lock and air conditioning, accompanied by the safety of multiple air bags and an aerodynamic, enclosed vehicle body. Elio's first manufacturing site will be in Shreveport, La., with plans for the first production vehicle to roll off the assembly line in 2015 and significant production, sales and distribution during the next two years. For more information, visit www.eliomotors.com or www.facebook.com/ElioMotors.
About Infinite Skyz
Infinite Skyz, LLC was established in 2010 by a team of experienced entrepreneurs and high tech executives in Houston, Texas. Infinite Skyz, LLC creates, innovates, and delivers products and services incorporating the Internet of Things (IoT) for Industry. The company's IoT technology revolutionizes the way industry connects field assets and optimizes operations for smart, efficient, and compliant decision making for an improved bottom line. Infinite Skyz is fulfilling the promise of IoT for Elio drivers.