What is connected vehicle technology?
By 2020, there will be over 20 billion IoT devices in use¹and 381 million connected cars on the road². This drive for an increasingly connected world is evident in the automotive industry’s rapid technological advancement throughout recent years. The industry’s impressive pace of innovation shows no signs of slowing with ‘IoT’ and ‘connected vehicle technology’ appearing in popular culture. But what is connected vehicle technology and what does it mean to you?
Simply put, a connected car is a vehicle that is equipped with internet connectivity through SIM or WLAN connection. This enables the car to access, send, and download a wealth of data, communicate with other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and provide Wifi for onboard passengers.
What can a connected vehicle do?
A few years ago, connected vehicle technology was synonymous with fleet telematics. It focused on improving productivity and reducing costs by implementing driver/vehicle KPI’s based on parameter data sent direct from the vehicle’s ECU. Recently however, innovations within the connected vehicle space are centred around in-cab video, gamification, remote vehicle diagnostics, in-vehicle verbal/visual feedback and much more.
Leading telematics innovators (such as Verilocation and Isotrak) are using this current connected vehicle technology to help commercial fleets reduce costs and improve fleet safety through live driver feedback, in-cab ADAS camera technology and real-time temperature and tyre pressure alerting. The 4G connectivity enables proactive fleet management with instant alerting and real-time reporting.
Where is connected vehicle technology heading?
Connected vehicle technology has been disrupting the transport industry for years. From changing the industry’s approach to fuel usage and costs, to the recent shift in focus on safety and compliance – the development rate for new connected vehicle technology shows no signs of slowing down.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is predicted to be in 122 million vehicles by 2025³ – an exponential increase from the 7 million AI enabled vehicles in 2015. Within the near future, artificial intelligence will be the catalyst for another shift in fleet management. Through emerging connected vehicle technology features such as ADAS and predictive driver coaching, AI will take fleet management from proactive to predictive. Management styles will develop from educating and correcting dangerous driving, to live driver warnings of potential road risks, correcting dangerous driving before it has taken place.
Throughout 2018 the buzzword in the automotive industry was autonomous vehicles. Global technology companies like Apple and Google began developing autonomous vehicles, and traditional automakers began integrating IoT features into their cars. Now semi-autonomous vehicles can be found all over the UK, with blindspot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking. Now there is an industry race to manufacture complete self-driving cars, with companies like Tesla predicting their first fully autonomous vehicles will hit the roads in 2020. With vehicle autonomy around the corner for the private market does this mean that we should expect autonomous LGV’s any time soon?
What does this all mean?
With current and future connected vehicle technologies in mind, your company can now look at how the connected vehicle industry is increasing operational efficiencies and workplace safety.
As connected vehicle technology evolves, it’ll be interesting to explore the potential benefits of self-driving LGV’s and on-board artificial intelligence as methods of optimising fleet efficiency and road safety.