How are the 2019 telematics trends holding up?

Telematics technology has had an impressive impact on the fleet industry and has opened the doors for many cool technologies that keep drivers safe and efficient while on the road. And, like any technology, it continues to evolve and add new functionality as we learn how to leverage it better.

Now that we’re over halfway through 2019, we thought it’d be a good time to check in on the predictions for telematics for this year and see where the industry is hitting the mark and where things have changed.

5 telematics trends for 2019

1. Increased insight into driver performance

Fleet managers wanted more visibility into their drivers’ behaviors.

2019 has delivered with enhancements to driver scorecards, dash cams, and GPS tracking. We still have opportunities to grow in this area, but this trend held up. We can track drivers on the road, know their speed, know how long they’ve been idling, and even have video recordings of their time on the job.

We know that drivers can make a huge difference when it comes to fuel efficiency, so we focused our software to transfer that responsibility to the vehicle itself. With speed governors and customizing shift points and idle RPM, we optimize your vehicle itself so it’s business as usual for your drivers.

2. Predictive information

It was a prediction that telematics will venture into predictive and proactive information.

This one has held up but hasn’t gained as much traction as other predictions. Many systems offer predictive maintenance, but not much else. Maybe in 2020, we’ll see growth in predictive information like weather alerts, road closures, forecasting of gas prices, and so on to let us know of information we need to have before we think to ask it.

3. Better integrations

We all like technology that plays nicely together to offer a seamless, integrated experience and telematics is no different. A 2019 telematics prediction included better integrations and more flexibility with different software.

This prediction has held up as systems develop new APIs or allow connectivity between different providers. We’re entering the era of plug-and-play telematics where fleet managers can use one system for one part of the puzzle, and use something else for a different piece, yet everything still works together and provides the operational information they need.

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4. Improvements in data capabilities and security

Fleet managers are looking for systems that can not only handle a lot of data but handle it securely.

This prediction has held up as well, with improvements to Cloud computing, encrypting data, and general enhancements to software to process data faster and with fewer bugs. Derive’s CTO spoke on why we went with Google Cloud Platform for our automotive software, and being able to scale and handle our customers’ data securely was a big part of that decision.

5. Artificial intelligence gains

We were looking forward to seeing 2019 be a year where we make leaps and bounds into adapting Artificial Intelligence (AI) into telematics tools.

This prediction is also holding true as we’ve seen providers offering video telematics that can track drivers’ faces to look for drowsy or distracted driving, understanding street signs, and even knowing if the driver is buckled up. At Derive, we’ve put a focus on seatbelt-enforced actions and Distracted Driver Prevention (DDP) that knows when drivers shift out of park and knows that it’s time to lock down the phone.

We can’t wait to see how the next few years look for advancements in telematics and vehicle software upgrades, especially as more fleets adopt the technology and share their own ideas for how they need it to work for their fleet.

What do you hope to see in improvements in telematics and automotive software for the rest of the year? Tell us on LinkedIn!