What fleet man­agers want

New Zealand Company Vehicle - - TELEMATICS FEATURE -

Telematics sys­tems that will quickly show where all ve­hi­cles are. Ve­hi­cle con­di­tion data de­liv­ered in an easy to con­sume man­ner. Data de­liv­ered in a timely and ac­cu­rate way. Use/fre­quency in­for­ma­tion across all ve­hi­cles. Live in­for­ma­tion on ve­hi­cle con­di­tion. Mul­ti­ple plat­form ca­pa­bil­ity. In 2017, Toy­ota New Zealand CE Alis­ter Davis was talk­ing about the next step in ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies. Even as the com­pany was deep in plan­ning its ‘Drive Happy’ vi­sion for deal­er­ships of the fu­ture, he also saw an im­mi­nent step-change in bat­tery tech­nol­ogy as en­dow­ing hybrid and EV ve­hi­cles with even greater ca­pa­bil­i­ties that verge on true AI. Right now, cars from a num­ber of man­u­fac­tur­ers are us­ing in-cabin cam­eras to mon­i­tor the alert­ness of driver and pas­sen­gers and give a warn­ing if it de­cides the driver is nod­ding off. The sys­tem sits along­side lane de­par­ture warn­ing tech­nol­ogy and in some cases uses a tiny cam­era to ob­serve the driver and mea­sure the num­ber of blinks per minute, or the pat­tern of eye move­ment. Is Big Brother watch­ing? At the moment, this kind of tech­nol­ogy is mainly aimed at com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween driver and ve­hi­cle, but could eas­ily be on-sent to traf­fic en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties. The ob­sta­cle in the way of mak­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able to a third party is more a mat­ter of ethics and pri­vacy than of tech­nol­ogy.

The In­ter­net of Things

Caus­ing more ex­cite­ment among the boffins is how a con­cept called the In­ter­net of Things might work with telematics to help make mo­tor­ing safer. Bridges, build­ings, roads can all have their own iden­ti­ties on­line, mean­ing con­ges­tion, traf­fic ac­ci­dents or weather can all be re­ported to a ve­hi­cle us­ing a par­tic­u­lar road. It’s an ex­ten­sion of the much sim­pler level of traf­fic in­for­ma­tion avail­able in many coun­tries right now. In the USA, work is un­der way to use telematics for in­ter­ac­tiv­ity among ve­hi­cles and in­fra­struc­ture. This could al­low warn­ing sys­tems to alert driv­ers of dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tions, help them avoid con­gested roads or traf­fic is­sues and fa­cil­i­tate more eco­nom­i­cal use of ex­ist­ing road­ways – or just open gates on park­ing lev­els as the mo­torist ar­rives at work. Adding two-way com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a sim­ple fur­ther step en­abling the ve­hi­cle and the en­vi­ron­ment it trav­els through to en­gage in con­ver­sa­tions with­out the driver’s in­volve­ment. Four-wheel drive mak­ers in­clud­ing Toy­ota have been cre­at­ing ve­hi­cles with 360-de­gree ‘vi­sion’ thanks to cam­eras mounted dis­creetly on the body that have over­lap­ping ar­eas of vi­sion. The tech­nol­ogy made its de­but on the Land Cruiser. It cre­ates a blended im­age of the whole of the ve­hi­cle’s sur­round­ings – handy when crest­ing that blind brow at Kar­i­oitahi and just as handy when peek­ing out of a laneway in downtown Auck­land or Welling­ton. Once more, AI looks set to make a huge im­pact on our roads as au­ton­o­mous (driver­less) cars move closer to ev­ery­day re­al­ity. Google has grabbed head­lines cre­at­ing driver­less cars for the mass mar­ket. Uber was keen for a while, though teething prob­lems in­clud­ing some un­for­tu­nate col­li­sions with pedes­tri­ans have cooled the ar­dour of mass-mar­ket in­no­va­tors for the moment. It’s a dif­fer­ent story in the premier sec­tor. Jaguar-land Rover has im­ple­mented an in­ter­na­tional project called Au­to­plex , a $NZ10M project to de­velop self-driv­ing cars that can ‘see’ at blind junc­tions and through ob­sta­cles. The com­pany aims to com­bine map­ping tech­nolo­gies so an au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle re­ceives more in­for­ma­tion ear­lier in its de­ci­sion-mak­ing pro­cesses. Con­nected, au­to­mated and live in­for­ma­tion con­verge, with con­nected map­ping en­abling cars to com­mu­ni­cate with each other in real time. This is seen as key to au­ton­o­mous cars smoothly ne­go­ti­at­ing merge lanes and mo­tor­way on­ramps.

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