Automobiles of tomorrow will operate at the intersection of connectivity, data and intelligence. Big data will add a new dimension to the evolution of performance and safety aspects. But the next big leap in automobiles would be driven by the vehicle’s ability to connect to the larger eco-system as well as leveraging data for vehicle level optimization and delivering a personalized & intuitive ride experience. Ather Energy is all set to enter this phase of automobile evolution with the launch of its smart scooter the S340. The scooter is the maiden venture of Ather Energy, a Bangalore based technology start-up by IIT graduates Tarun Mehta & Swapnil Jain. It will debut at SURGE which is one of the biggest and popular technology summit which is happening on Feb 23rd 2016 in Bengaluru. “Our focus on connectivity and data analytics enables us to offer a unique ride experience. Access to system level data open the possibilities of understanding ride behavior on a continuous basis and update vehicle parameters based on it. To start with the S340 comes with a touchscreen dashboard that provides on-board navigation, the ability to create personalized profiles with preferred vehicle settings, ride modes and a host of features” said Tarun Mehta, CEO and co-founder of Ather Energy. With electric set to be future of automobiles, Ather has built a high speed electric scooter – with a powerful Li-ion battery pack and sub-one hour charging. Ather Energy’s first product, the S340 is completely designed in-house and will commence commercial production in Bengaluru later this year. The company received funding from Tiger Global, Flipkart founders Sachin & Binny Bansal. Some of the smart and important features of this Scooter listed below. A Smart Dashboard which is an Android based platform that enables navigation and a fully personalized dashboard UI. Vehicle Control Unit which monitors and customizes all vehicle parameters based on rider usage profile. Fast Charging which allos for a sub-one hour 80% charge. 75 kmph Top Speed. 20% lighter than current petrol scooters. 0 to 60 kmph in 11 seconds.