Silvercar and Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Exhibitor Texas Instruments Collaborate on Technology for a Reimagined Car Rental

  Silvercar and Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Exhibitor Texas Instruments
       Collaborate on Technology for a Reimagined Car Rental Experience

PR Newswire

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Silvercar, an Austin-based
technology company, together with Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI), an
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) exhibitor, highlight
technological components developed for Silvercar's reimagined car rental
experience during CES (January 8 – 11) in Las Vegas.

Silvercar features a single make/model fleet composed of silver 2013 Audi A4s,
and a completely mobile-integrated user experience from reservation to
receipt. The seamless customer journey is optimized by integrating technology
systems in innovative ways, and is made possible by the incorporation of
wireless connectivity from TI, fitted by Emmoco. Emmoco, based in Austin, is
a mobile technology integration company that worked with Silvercar to fit two
critical pieces from TI in Silvercar's circuit boards:

  oBluetooth^® low energy (Bluetooth Smart) technology: The CC2540 Bluetooth
    low energy system-on-chip facilitates the wireless connectivity between
    the vehicles, renters' smartphones and Silvercar's proprietary technology
    that enables access to the rental suite where the cars are maintained.
  oStellaris^® ARM^® Cortex™-M microcontroller: This microcontroller
    simplifies the connection from the travelers' mobile devices to the CAN
    bus in the vehicles.

Sid Shaw, worldwide business development and marketing manager, Wireless
Connectivity Solutions, TI, said, "We develop technology with specific
capabilities, but it's always exciting to see what innovative applications
companies realize and implement. Silvercar's mission of modernizing the car
rental industry using Bluetooth low energy technology within its service model
is very compelling, and we're thrilled TI can be involved to make it a
success."

"TI's technology has enabled us to make the vision of a better car rental
experience a reality," said Allen Darnell, vice president of technology for
Silvercar. "TI has an excellent reputation of meeting technological goals, and
their products best meet our needs to provide a seamless car rental experience
that will live up to our customers' mobile standards."

In addition to the wireless connectivity made possible by TI's Bluetooth low
energy solution, travelers will be able to access the Internet with in-car
Wi-Fi technology provided by T-Mobile, also a 2013 CES exhibitor. Wi-Fi,
Google Earth GPS navigation, Sirius/XM satellite radio and a toll tag are
included in the rental experience at no additional charge (actual toll fees
will be applied to a customer's bill).

"The car rental industry is long overdue for innovation," said Silvercar CEO
Luke Schneider. "We're energized by the opportunity to make a measureable
impact on the industry by introducing a unique and refreshing experience."

Announced in December, Silvercar will launch its fleet of 200 Audi A4s on
January 14, 2013, at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). CES
attendees will be able to visit the TI Village in the North Hall of the Las
Vegas Convention Center (exhibit N119) to learn more about Silvercar. The
Silvercar apps are available for download from the Apple App Store and the
Google Play Store for Android. Beginning January 14, 2013, walk-up customers
at DFW will be able to reserve a Silvercar by completing their user profile at
a self-service kiosk or with available on-site concierges.

To learn more about Silvercar or book today, visit silvercar.com.

About Silvercar
With a mission to reimagine the airport car rental experience, Silvercar is
launching its first operation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in
January 2013. Silvercar will offer a single make-model combination, the 2013
Audi A4 (in silver, of course), using Web, wireless and mobile technologies to
eliminate the friction points in the car rental process. An ever-increasing
set of custom settings in a traveler's Silvercar profile allows a personalized
experience to follow renters from car to car. A privately held company,
Austin-based Silvercar is initially funded by $11.2 million in venture capital
investment led by Austin Ventures and including CrunchFund, SV Angel Fund, and
tech industry success spotters Chris Dixon and Dave Morin. For more
information, visit www.silvercar.com.

SOURCE Silvercar

Website: http://www.silvercar.com
Contact: Cassie Ladd, +1-214-891-2895 (office), cassie_ladd@richards.com
 
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