Telematics is a method of monitoring cars, trucks, equipment and other assets by using GPS technology and on-board diagnostics (OBD) to plot the asset’s movements on a computerized map.
Tracking work trucks on their daily routes is an example of telematics. Electronically monitoring fuel usage and mileage is another common example. As technology becomes less expensive and easier to use, more businesses are incorporating telematics into their everyday operations.
Telematics systems gather data including vehicle location, driver behaviour, engine diagnostics and vehicle activity, and visualize this data on software platforms that help fleet operators manage their resources.
Telematics works through a device installed in your car or phone app and uses GPS technology to monitor your driving. Telematics data is often recorded using a small ‘black box’ fitted into your car – sometimes called a telematics box.