(Independence Day) – Technology that drives freedom

“Freedom”, as a word, has evolved to mean different things to different people. These definitions can range from having the freedom of expression to being financially free, or can even be as simple as the freedom to move around. In fact, after the last few months of being in lockdown, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many would agree that personal mobility is an essential aspect of freedom.

Whether it was taking a stroll down the road in the evening or planning a weekend, society’s regular movement was limited, and for good reason. Fewer people outdoors mean a lower possibility of the infection spreading. But having a private car offered some relief during this time. If you had your own car, you could drive to the nearest store to get groceries and other essentials or even take a small lap around the neighbourhood if you were going crazy sitting at home. In this way, cars have kept you safe and offered some level of freedom. As an integral part of your daily environment, your car can support your freedom daily, in little ways.

The next generation of freedom in mobility

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The internet has revolutionised everything around us, and this is only the beginning. Cars with internet connectivity allow you to extend that ease to your driving with access to every feature you may need for a smooth drive. Not only does this take your driving experience to a whole new level but also helps deliver that premium feeling, no matter where you are headed. Their real-time traffic and weather updates help you plot your route and also allow you to navigate your playlist easily. 

As India’s first ‘Internet Car’, the Hector Plus continues to lead the competition in features, offering its owners more freedom than ever from the drudgery of everyday life. How does it do this, though? Here are some features that make it possible. 

Freedom from having to use your hands

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Voice recognition has been around for a while, but the Hector Plus takes it to a level never experienced before and ensures that you never have to use your hands for mundane tasks. Sure, it has a large, attractive touchscreen on the centre console, but the car has you covered, especially if you are driving alone and have no one else to help operate the controls. 

With over 100+ voice commands available to you, all you need to do is say ‘Hello MG’, and you can access a world of features. For instance, you can ask your MG to play your favourite songs, open or close the sunroof and even get real-time traffic updates as you drive along. 

Freedom from checking your phone

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One thing’s for sure, in today’s fast-paced world, the phone is essential for keeping us connected. And very few people can put their phone down and not look at it for hours. Of course, setting your phone aside while driving is vital. But then what happens to all those calls and messages? Well, the Hector Plus offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, giving you freedom from having to look at your phone while driving. All you need to do is connect your phone, and all your app icons will be displayed on the centre screen. From here, you can take care of pretty much anything, including dialling numbers, getting your Hector to read out messages to you, and even dictating a reply! 

Freedom from worrying about updates

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Having an internet car also means that you have to ensure that it stays updated so that it can give you the best performance. MG understands heading to a service centre every time there is a new update is not something that its customers want to or can always do. So now, you don’t have to!

With over-the-air updates (OTA), everything your internet car gets updated automatically. The Hector Plus will improve as soon as the update is released – giving you freedom from booking an appointment at the service centre and taking out time from your busy schedule just for this! 

Speaking of service, your Hector Plus will also remind you when a service is due so that you don’t have to keep track of either the time since your last service. 

Freedom from the mundane

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You can configure your Hector Plus in many different ways using the car configurator on the MG website. For example- navigating to a holiday destination over the weekend is as easy as giving your Hector the voice command to take you there, and check the weather at the destination before you even reach. Your Hector can also plot out fuel stations and pick routes that have less traffic to make the drive more pleasant for you.

In a nutshell, your car, with its arsenal of technology, can help you enjoy the little things with much less stress than usual. Simply ask your Hector for help, and it will be there for you.

That’s right; it even offers you independence from the owner’s manual!