Telia has won a deal to supply its connected car solution to a car-sharing start-up.

Active in the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark, Snappcar offers an application which allows users to lease their cars to other users, using a similar model to rental website Airbnb. In a statement, the operator called the start-up the “Airbnb of driving”.

Starting from 15 December, the start-up will offer customers the Telia Sense service, based on a dongle that plugs into the on-board diagnostics port of a car.

The platform will allow users to track the position of their vehicle, monitor how it is driven and find out if anything happens to it while parked.

Users will also get access to services from Snappcar and Telia partners, including repairs, vehicles inspections, roadside assistance, insurance and parking services. Telia Sense will also provide 4G-based Wi-Fi to drivers.

Henrik Forssell, Partner Manager, Telia Sense, said: "Telia Sense is only a year old, but the service and the whole ecosystem is growing constantly. It's exciting that we are stepping into this sharing environment while also giving Snappcar's customers a better experience.”

Fredrik Karlberg, Head of Snappcar Sweden, said: "Telia Sense is a perfect fit for us because our customers can keep an eye on their car when it's rented out. They can see where it is and how it's being driven, if something unexpected happens or if there is anything wrong. It will be a more secure and better experience for both the owner and the renter.”

Telia Sense was launched in Sweden and Norway in 2016 and 2017 respectively as an add-on for unconnected old cars.

Jens-Peter Meesenberg, Head of Industry Verticals for Telia’s IoT division, told European Communications in September that he hopes the Sense project will provide a catalyst for the company to become a “next generation" telco.

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