SEAT and Saba, a leading operator in the development of solutions in the area of urban mobility and a specialist in parking management, are presenting Droppit, an app that will allow any user to place a shopping order at a virtual supermarket and have it delivered directly to their car while it is parked in a Saba carpark. The six-month pilot test of this project, in collaboration with virtual supermarket Deliberry and Courier company Glovo, will be carried out in two carparks managed by Saba in the city of Barcelona, the ones located on Pau Casals and Lluís Companys.
In this initial stage, Droppit – available for both iOS and Android, will enable customers to order their shopping and get it delivered through Deliberry, as well as contact Glovo for delivery of any kind of errand to either of Saba’s carparks. The customer leaves their car keys with Saba staff, who are responsible for accompanying the delivery person, identifying the car and placing the order in it. In the future, the aim is to make the process easier using technology that enables the service providers to access cars using fingerprint recognition supported by the app itself.
Following the presentation of the new app, SEAT Business Development Officer Arantxa Alonso pointed out that “solutions such as Droppit offer a valuable, personalised experience. With this kind of initiative, SEAT seeks to further its commitment to car-related digitisation”. In this sense, Alonso indicated that “integrating two partners as dynamic and specialised as Glovo and Deliberry in this project certainly demonstrates the future potential of the agreement between SEAT and Saba”.
Furthermore, Saba CEO Josep Martínez Vila highlighted that for Saba this new initiative “is another step forward in the offer of value added services for the customer, with innovation and sustainable mobility as the main lines of action, making progress in the agreement signed with SEAT last April and contributing to accelerating new initiatives in the mobility services ecosystem”.
Strategic agreement with Saba
The launch of this solution is a further step in SEAT’s commitment to enhancing the vehicle-centric mobility ecosystem with new services. Droppit is framed within the partnership agreement concluded by SEAT President Luca de Meo and Saba CEO Josep Martínez Vila last May at the Automobile Barcelona International Motor Show. The goal of this collaboration is for Saba to join SEAT’s digital ecosystem for the development of vehicle and parking related services.
Among others, both companies are considering offering an app-based parking reservation and payment system, as well as working on projects such as Parkfinder 2.0. This service aims to provide real time information on available parking spaces and recommends them according to individual customers’ actual needs. Likewise, the agreement seeks to address other services related to the time that cars spend parked, such as refuelling, taking into consideration that on average, privately owned vehicles spend 95% of their time parked.