Telematic data? What for?
Not many fleet managers are aware of the possibility to use connected car data to manage their fleets. Typically, telematics remains associated with the installation of black boxes or dongles on every single car. Using this types of retrofit solutions has some major drawbacks as it is:
- Expensive in terms of hardware
- Time-consuming for the installation and later removal of the equipment
- Inflexible for quick onboarding / offboarding of vehicles
- Limited in terms of car park coverage, number of data points that can be collected, as well as quality of the data collected
As a result, most managers of small and medium-sized fleets have given up on using telematics data, as they perceive the process to acquire data as too costly and complicated. Without access to in-vehicle data, fleet managers have to rely on intermittent and unreliable data sources.