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04 August 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

Telematics expert, In-car Cleverness, says car breakdowns will increasingly be pre-empted using in-vehicle data and this technology will make fleets more efficient and greatly reduce vehicle downtime.

Another benefit is that car maintenance will improve to lower emissions and encourage better re-sale value.

Technology could also halve unexpected breakdowns by 2020 according to In-car Cleverness, as data increasingly helps fleets to identify malfunctions before they escalate.

The projection comes as vehicle manufacturers and retrofitters are helping to accelerate uptake and acceptance of the technology. The systems provide a repair and maintenance alternative to traditional servicing which relies on estimated lifecycles of parts and routine check-ups.

Components and parts of the various key vehicle systems are increasingly connected to the diagnostics system, which means analytical telematics devices can access data to predict faults and errors to reduce avoidable breakdowns.

Paul O’Dowd at In-car Cleverness, said: “It’s not impossible to foresee a future in which almost no unexpected breakdowns occur.

“In-vehicle technology – remote diagnostics in this context – has come on in leaps and bounds and as uptake increases, we will be able to anticipate a large percentage of the nation’s vehicle glitches before they cause a failure.

“This predictive maintenance alongside routine check-ups will reduce the cost of running individual or fleets of vehicles – prevention is always better than the cure.”

In tandem with the use of diagnostics via on-board software, the comprehensive feedback on vehicle health can be supported by driving behaviour monitoring systems which also help to mitigate against breakdowns to improve safety and reliability.

Picture: Telematics could improve maintenance and keep more fleet vehicles on the road

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 04 August 2017


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