Introduction to Telematics

In recent years, automobiles have evolved tremendously. Basic transportation has quickly evolved into full-blown connected technology that’s often referred to as “smart cars” or “connected cars.” Part of this evolution includes the introduction of telematics systems — the science of using computers to store and analyze data captured from sensors and other sources to measure, monitor, and control physical systems.

How does Telematics Work?

There are three components that work together to provide vehicle telematics insights.

The first component is data collection, which utilizes telematics devices installed in your vehicle. These devices come in various shapes and sizes. Some are plug-and-play while others require some extra wiring and installation, but either way, they collect critical data such as location, speed, acceleration, brakes, and more. A smartphone is also a great data collector for telematics solutions.

Next, all the collected information is sent via a cellular connection or GPS to a central platform where it can be analyzed.

On completion of the analysis, the key insights are derived and sent back to the user. Sample insights could be insights about driving behavior or eco-driving.

Applications of Telematics

Telematics is a new and flourishing industry that offers solutions in various forms for both the consumer and manufacturer. For example, suppose you are an automotive dealer looking for ways to increase revenue by providing greater value to your customers. This can be done by offering them applications such as onboard Wi-Fi and voice recognition systems, in addition to more advanced features such as GPS tracking and vehicle telematics systems. Many drivers are opting for these features, as it provides peace of mind for those new drivers or those who frequently drive long distances. However, today’s consumers are demanding even more out of their vehicles; in many cases, they expect that their car has built-in functions similar to smartphones or other connected devices.

Telematics for Remote Vehicle Diagnostics​

Telematics devices are typically installed into vehicles in a very simple way, but they offer vehicle owners a whole new level of convenience. Advanced features include GPS tracking and Usage Monitoring – giving you deep insight into how your automobile was utilized. And as telematics systems become more sophisticated, they’ll likely be able to give vehicle owners remote diagnostics – alerting them if their car needs any sort of maintenance or repair services. Not only can telematics provide better service for customers, but they can also provide actionable telematics insights for insurance companies or leasing agencies who need details about how vehicles are being used regularly.

Telematics for Fleet Management

Fleet management has its terminology and reference points. However, we can define telematics as technology that measures location, driver behaviour, vehicle performance, and other factors.  As a result, it allows fleet managers to optimize their fleets’ uptime and fuel efficiency and decrease costs by making real-time decisions. In today’s digital world, telematics systems are only getting more complex; for example, we can now take advantage of data mining algorithms for predictive analysis. All of these examples demonstrate the importance of constantly monitoring your vehicles, whether you’re driving them or not. This is where vehicle telematics insights come into play. You will be able to make informed decisions about how your vehicles should be used, what needs fixing before problems arise, and how you can reduce expenses by improving overall fleet efficiency.

Telematics for Insurance

On a different note, telematics is useful for the insurance industry too. Often, auto insurance rates are based on driving behaviours and accidents that have occurred in the past. Because of these variables, some drivers may have a higher or lower rate than others. With telematics devices, you can learn more about your vehicle’s performance, including how often it is accelerating or braking hard; cornering at high speeds; and where it drives most often. This information allows you to compare your rates to those of other drivers who drive similar vehicles. Some insurers consider telematics data more reliable than insurance history when deciding on premiums for new policies, so although it may be less relevant for existing policies, it may well provide an advantage for new ones. While that’s something that should probably remain between you and your insurance provider, it’s nice to know there are alternatives in case you need help lowering costs. However, remember: telematics systems aren’t just for personal use; they can benefit businesses too!

Benefits of Telematics

Telematics has several benefits for drivers, insurers, and manufacturers. The study indicated that most drivers do not understand how telematics systems work or why they should use them. These statistics can be improved as more people become aware of their value. When used correctly, telematics devices can provide valuable insights into vehicle performance over time. Telematics sends information about a vehicle’s location and driving activity along with other data like fuel level or engine temperature so that manufacturers can monitor their fleets at regular intervals.

Driving Behavior Monitoring

Some telematics systems use connected mobile devices, like smartphones and wearables, to track driving behavior and provide feedback in real-time. Others use more traditional sensors installed on a vehicle. Because driving behavior is such an important part of an individual’s health and safety, it makes sense that many consumers are willing to pay for some help tracking their habits. Monitoring your driving behavior can help you reduce your premiums by 15-30%, depending on what kind of coverage you have.

Compliance

This term is very broad, but in terms of automotive insurance, it means you must abide by industry standards as far as making sure your driver and his or her vehicle are properly licensed, insured, and in compliance with state/provincial traffic laws. A driver can be deemed non-compliant if they are too young to drive or have a criminal record. They could also be charged if they have an at-fault accident or several speeding tickets on their record.

Reduction of Fuel Wastage & Better Route Planning

Another benefit of telematics systems is that they can help in better route planning by making calculations based on historical data. This reduces fuel waste and allows you to save more money while running your business.

Tracking

Vehicle telematics systems allow you to track how and where your vehicles are being used, helping you make informed decisions about everything from driver behavior and vehicle maintenance to scheduling. For example, you can use an in-vehicle device or a smartphone app (or both) to help you analyze data such as distance traveled, fuel consumption, and location.

Preventing Vehicle Theft

Vehicle theft is always a risk, no matter where you are in the world. However, there are a few simple steps that owners can take to help protect their vehicles. Prevention is better than cure; here are some ways you can safeguard your vehicle from theft. You should use an anti-theft device (such as a steering wheel lock), tracker, or telematics systems on your car at all times. This could save you thousands if your car is stolen!

Timely Maintenance of Vehicles

By incorporating telematics systems into a fleet’s maintenance regimen, vehicle data can be collected on every vehicle in real-time. This information helps detect issues or problems before they become major concerns, allowing fleets to maintain their vehicles more effectively and efficiently. Furthermore, monitoring vital engine data can help fleets prevent accidents and increase efficiency by reducing idling times at worksites and other locations.

Charging Appropriate Insurance Premium

Insurance companies are using telematics insights to determine premiums. This means a person who drives efficiently and maintains good driving habits will be charged less than a person who drives recklessly and gets into several accidents. In addition, insurance companies can offer discounts for people who use alternative transportation options like carpooling or public transportation. They can also give discounts for vehicles that have better safety features such as airbags or automatic braking systems.

Automating Payroll Management

Technology has led to a telematics ecosystem that facilitates efficient and effective use of telematics insights. With our platform, companies can easily integrate devices from different providers and consolidate information from different vehicle types into one portal that allows for easy access, advanced reporting, and analysis. Remote monitoring software is deployed through a web-based portal with a mobile application for added flexibility.

Future of Telematics

In The Future, Vehicle Data Could Be Our Most Valuable Resource.

Telematics allows us to measure vehicle performance and track driver behaviour on an ongoing basis. It enables actionable insights that help improve driving safety and reduce insurance costs for consumers. As more drivers take advantage of these capabilities, there will be a huge increase in demand for data from both OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and insurers alike. As with any market with increasing demand for a limited resource, data will become more valuable over time as corporations seek new methods to monetize their efforts in obtaining that information.

Many people might not realize that today’s vehicle tracking systems are still just scratching the surface when it comes to how telematics systems can revolutionize our vehicles. If these trends continue, soon our cars will be capable of giving us advice about traffic jams ahead, informing our autonomous cars where they should go next, and alerting emergency services if something goes wrong while we’re traveling. This future may seem like science fiction but considering that self-driving cars need advanced mapping systems—which means they need data—and self-driving cars also need better algorithms than humans do to react quickly enough when they encounter problems on roads they haven’t seen before–doesn’t make it seem so improbable anymore.