Singapore (February 10): Club Car, the world’s largest manufacturer of small-wheel, zero-emissions electric vehicles, has unveiled the third generation of the company’s flagship line of Precedent vehicles and the first golf car equipped with built-in ‘connected’ technology – the Precedent i3.
The latest version of Club Car’s Precedent golf car offers, as standard, a fitted screen that connects the vehicle to the golf operation – including the golf shop and maintenance facility– communicating fleet performance information and diagnostics, which an operator can now access via smartphone, tablet and computer.
The new car builds on the technology Club Car pioneered with the Visage Mobile Information System in 2004, enabling operators to receive, in real time, enhanced information on battery status, service notifications and detailed diagnostics that can mitigate and prevent maintenance issues.
The system also enables golfers to receive overview displays of each hole, electronic scorecards and hole-by-hole information, as well as weather alerts and other messages from the golf shop.
Club Car President and CEO Marc Dufour said: “Machines that interact with the businesses and customers they were designed to serve become more than just machines. Effectively, they are smart tools capable of supporting business objectives, which is what makes the new Precedent i3 a true business resource for our customers.
“Properly leveraged information is the competitive difference in most businesses today. The information Precedent i3 provides gives operators more control of their operation, which can lead to a more successful business.
“The company’s driving force for more than 50 years has been a commitment to the highest quality golf, utility and transportation vehicles that enhance the enjoyment of the game for millions of golfers, while helping course owners and managers operate more efficiently – and we believe with the Precedent i3 and our new range of Carryall Utility and Transport vehicles we are fulfilling our commitment.”
Club Car’s new Precedent i3 model complements the company’s popular i2 and i2L ranges, and will have a phased roll-out in selected EMEIA countries.
**Club Car is a Charter Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation. For further details, please visit www.clubcar.com/