SAP revs up connected car drive with Toyota, VeriFone

Summary:The German software giant is moving ahead full throttle with a number of initiatives centered around both connected and energy-efficient technologies in automobiles.

SAP is gearing up to tackle another spot along its connected car roadmap for long-term sustainability.

Announced amid the SAP Automotive Forum in Leipzig, Germany this week, the software giant is teaming up with Toyota and VeriFone on a project that could help in the reduction of fuel consumption — all thanks to a few apps and extra data.

The collaboration consists of an in-car display, which can actually be visualized from a panel built into the car or simply on a mobile device. The enhanced dashboard on the dashboard can then bring up at-a-glance stats on fuel levels while tapping into location-aware information, such as nearby gas stations and personalized coupons.

The software and data processing behind the panel will be based on SAP's flagship HANA Cloud Platform, using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect to nearby devices. Toyota will be responsible for the telematics data while VeriFone will provide point-of-sale technology.

Right now, the Toyota-VeriFone collaboration as well as a similar innovation investment with Volkswagen AG announced today are still in prototype testing mode.

This week's news follows a few other developments in June targeting the automotive industry through an amalgam of cloud, mobile and big data products.

SAP previously unveiled an electric vehicle program designed to encourage employees to lease electric cars.

SAP reps noted that the company's own car count stood at approximately 22,000 last year, accounting for nearly a quarter of the corporation's entire CO2 emissions.

Along with financial incentives to move the electric car adoption along, SAP also plans to plant more charging stations powered by renewable electricity sources for employee use.

By 2020, SAP asserted it plans to achieve the following goal: one in five company cars will run on electrically-powered engines.

To cut down on the number of cars on the road altogether, SAP TwoGo targets ride-sharing fans. Starting with hotspots in Silicon Valley and Germany, the free app can be deployed within an organization to enable and connect individuals looking to carpool -- either to work or anywhere else in the vicinity.

Topics: Mobility, Enterprise Software, SAP, Software

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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