Lynk & Co, a mobility brand formed as a joint venture between Geely Holding, Geely Auto Group and Volvo Car Group, has launched the 01 SUV auto, its “always connected” car. The vehicle uses an internet of things (IoT) network and adopts infrastructure from Orange Business Services to deliver connected automotive services.

Lynk & Co have said that the SUV will offer membership-based mobility for consumers who want to rent a car instead of purchasing one. It incorporates a share button that allows owners to generate an income from sharing their vehicle. Lynk & Co members can also control, monitor, and share their car from a smartphone app that communicates with the car via the cloud.

The 01 auto features large configurable touch screens and telematics that are always connected to the internet and the car’s cloud system.

The vehicle will benefit from Orange’s IoT Managed Global Connectivity solution, which provides seamless, secure, integration between connected car services, internet access, and online tracking. For example, it can be used to provide downloadable billing reports and predictive maintenance updates.

SIMs with a unified global footprint are also integrated during the manufacturing process. Orange IoT cellular connectivity allows users to enjoy the same experiences across multiple countries by roaming between different providers as required

Consumers can buy Lynk & Co’s SUV outright and car share it to generate additional income or lease it on a monthly basis. Cars and mobility memberships can be purchased online, or from Lynk & Co’s ‘club’ showrooms. There are currently three clubs open in Amsterdam, Antwerp and Gothenburg – with four more set to open in Berlin, Barcelona, Milan, and Paris.