Telematics technology first emerged with the introduction of a tachograph more than 60 years ago. This is a simple mechanical disk covered with a paper graph that slowly records some the vehicles vital behavior.
In today’s modern world, we have products that go way beyond this with much richer information.
What then is the future of telematics?
- We expect to see more integration with mobile phones and smart in cab tablets. This will allows instant driver feedback through the spoken word and graphical data and better distracted driver monitoring.
- We expect to see more acceptance and a stronger government push for driver accountability as it relates to safety.
- There will be simpler and more powerful API’s to allow companies to integrate the rich data into their internal systems and processes and into other 3rd party products like route planning, maintenance and invoicing.
- Costs for devices will continue to drop and the importance of these systems in managing operations will continue to rise.