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03/04/2014 | Paris

Leading French television channel TF1 will the first company in France to work with VULOG to offer a carsharing service using PSA Peugeot-Citroën vehicles pre-equipped with a guaranteed, manufacturer-certified carsharing technology.

VULOG, France's leading supplier of carsharing technologies, will offer TF1 its end-to-end solution, comprising the onboard electronics, back-office management software and front-end mobile app.

Unique in France, the service will be deployed in May on 24 Peugeot 208, 308, 2008, 3008 and 5008 models for use by TF1 reporters.

A service guaranteed and factory-installed by PSA Peugeot Citroën

In 2013, PSA Peugeot Citroën launched a carsharing solution dedicated to mid-sized and large corporate fleets. The onboard technology enables 27/7 keyless car access thanks to a smart-card activated door lock. Unlike most other carsharing technologies, this one was embedded in the vehicles through the combined efforts of VULOG and PSA Peugeot Citroën engineers, thereby guaranteeing compatibility with the car's electrical and electronic architecture. The technology has been certified by UTAC and is covered by the manufacturer's warranty, unlike most other carsharing systems based on retrofitted boxes installed without any manufacturer supervision.

An innovative, no-reservation solution thanks to VULOG technology

For more flexibility and freedom of use, no prior reservations will be necessary. Vehicle availability will be displayed in real time on a smartphone and a giant screen. Users can put a hold on a car just a few minutes ahead of time via a smartphone application.

For Brigitte Courtehoux, Managing Director of PSA Peugeot Citroën's connected vehicles and services business unit: "Our objective is to develop new connected car-based services to meet the emerging mobility needs of our customers. Since the creation of the emergency call system ten years ago, PSA has been an innovator in connected services. Thanks to this technology available on a wide range of Peugeot and Citroën vehicles, PSA has entered the corporate carsharing market, which is expected to total 300,000 vehicles in Europe by 2018."

For Xavier Duchemin, Chief Executive Officer of Peugeot France: "Peugeot has long been involved in multi-mobility activities, through our Mu by Peugeot service, for example. This innovative experience with TF1 and VULOG will offer valuable lessons for the development of new carsharing solutions for the benefit of Peugeot customers."

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