What are Vehicle Telematics?
Vehicle Telematics are the introduction of wireless technology set to hit Europe in 2015. Put simply; Telematics are systems which allow Wireless communication with a vehicle. They allow a car to communicate; not only with safety systems and emergency services, but a wider range of media and entertainment services too.
Telematics technologies allow the vehicle to be permanently accessed and monitored ‘online’ when it is on the road, and provide related data for a wide range of services such as diagnostics, servicing and updated vehicle and software settings.
What do Telematics functions provide?
• eCall (emergency call)
• bCall (roadside assistance)
• Road congestion avoidance
• Email, web, networking and entertainment
• Remote vehicle diagnostics
• Vehicle servicing scheduling
• Fleet Management
• Parking locations
• Booking services
Sounds exciting? It is, very. That’s some life-saving technology potentially being fitted to most passenger vehicles by next year.
What does it mean for the EU Aftermarket?
It seems that the future of the ‘connected car’ is bringing with it a somewhat ‘monopolistic’ situation developing as a result of the EU Legislations set for 2015.
As it stands, this information is only available to the Manufacturers, giving consumers little, if any freedom of choice for the systems covered by telematics and or the servicing, equipment and repairs associated with it. It gives the Manufacturers an unfair advantage over the Independant Aftermarket.
According to FIGIEFA: “As of 2015, the European Commission and the European Parliament plan the mandatory introduction of eCall, the European 112-based emergency call system, in all new models of cars and light vehicles, in order to save lives and reduce the severity of injuries on the road.”
However, currently this as this new system is only accessible by vehicle manufacturers, they will be the only ones able to offer additional services to consumers.
But what about the UK Aftermarket sector?
FIGIEFA and the IAAF have published statements and are currently lobbying for a standardised approach to the introduction of Telematics.
This would ensure true, open choices for motoring consumers and fair competition for all market operators throughout Europe.
The IAAF are also campaigning for a more standardised introduction of eCall calling for a fairer model.
IAAF has used eCall as an example, saying “it will revolutionise the way vehicles are serviced and repaired, by enabling vehicle manufacturers to get real-time information about vehicles’ health status.”
IAAF say they are “leading the UK aftermarket’s fight on vehicle telematics calling for an interoperable, standardized, secure and open access platform to ensure the aftermarket is not discriminated against.”
Under current plans, only the Manufacturers have access to the remote data technology, meaning the independant aftermarket will be unable to offer related services.
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You can find out more about the FIGIEFA campaign here
You can read more about telematics on the IAAF website here