How to use telemetry in car sharing
The emergency of the car-sharing trend largely owes to the development of telemetry systems that help to monitor the exterior and interior state of the car.
The operating principle of telemetry systems lies in the following: a sensor (for example, a key embedded in the OBD II port) transmits all information about trips such as route, speed rate, reports about slowdowning, off-time, and data about technical state of the car.
Apart from the parameters of the car, comprehensive telemetry should include data from GPS receiver – location coordinates of the vehicle, maximum speed the car can reach in real time, acceleration characteristic, etc.
Besides, such a device can provide statistics and quality assessment of driving, and function as a warning beacon: in case the car drives outside the preset area or makes a hard stop, the owner will receive a notification with the statement of the place and time of the occurrence.
All these functions make car-sharing systems more secure and controllable. Read about other advantages of this technology further in the article.
Operators will be able to monitor the driver behavior
Car-sharing services equip their vehicles with all possible sensors to allow operators monitor the driver behavior in real time: in such a way, the fleet owner will see when a driver makes turns incorrectly and significantly exceeds the speed limit. The operator can respond in the following ways:
- at first, a service representative can try to contact the renter and ask him or her not to violate road traffic rules;
- if warnings do not have any effect – the representative can stop the car remotely and demand a compensation for the damage from the renter. In such a way, the operator can not only avoid possible accidents and violations but also keep the car in good state.
However, if the violation of driving regulations takes place, the driver has to pay the fine. The camera records the time and place of the accident, which allows identifying the breacher by checking the rent history.
Drivers can appeal against fines for breakdowns that happened not due to their fault
Telemetry systems can also serve as decisive evidence to solve legal disputes. If the technical state of the car is harmed, telemetry systems record it.
Thanks to the precisely known time, the operator can identify the driver that damaged the car. In such a way, owners of car-sharing fleets can protect rights of their customers, making the use of the service as transparent as possible.
It will be easier to control the state of cars
All car-sharing units are connected to the web – data is shown in the customer app as well. In his turn, the car-sharing operator knows much more about his every car than the current location.
For example, the operator has access to mileage data and can optimize the maintenance support by making timely arrangements with the maintenance service. The car-sharing service often connects the maintenance service provider to its telemetry systems.
The scheme works in the following way. The mileage is specified in the records of each car showing the deadline for undergoing a checkup. When this period is ending, the car automatically gets a prescription to undergo maintenance. Further, mechanisms of the IT integration system come into action, bringing together two software products – of the car-sharing service and dealership center. In such a way, an application for the checkup is formed. At this time, the car-sharing operator already knows that he has to take the car to the maintenance service, as he also receives a corresponding notification.
Does telemetry have disadvantages in car sharing?
However, telemetry services have their own disadvantages. The most significant disadvantage may be the poor quality of software. Not all software manufacturers can ensure proper operation of telemetry systems – system failures, hangups, and incorrect data representation may disturb the work of the car-sharing service.
Nevertheless, thanks to the development of technologies, a growing number of telemetry systems arrive in the market being capable to handle processing of big data. Thus, telemetry will help owners of car-sharing platforms to prevent violations of road traffic rules and keep the fleet in good state more efficiently.