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What is Electric Vehicle Telematics?

Auto Tech Outlook | Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Telematics technology is critical for better deploying electric vehicles and charging services because it offers essential information between a moving vehicle and the service of interest over a wireless network.

FREMONT CA: Technological advancement started when businesses began integrating sensors and connectivity protocols, leading to recent trends such as Autosar, ADAS, Advanced Telematics, Infotainment systems, Autonomous Vehicles, and Electric Vehicles (EV). Most of these technologies are becoming an integral feature of the majority of automobiles on the market.

The primary benefit of electric vehicles are the minimal cost of ownership (electricity to power an EV for one-kilometer costs one-third of what it costs to power a gasoline vehicle for the same distance), reduced cost of maintenance (EVs have lesser moving parts compared to traditional fuel vehicles), and environmentally friendly (emission reduction).

An electric car owner must know when and where they can recharge their vehicle while on the road. Due to the lack of knowledge on the battery charge, many hybrid vehicle owners usually consume more gasoline, defeating electric vehicles' purpose. As a result, several nations are building countrywide charging station infrastructure so that EV customers may charge their batteries quickly. It would also enable communication between the power grid and vehicles (V2G), allowing customers to access peak load hours and use grid power as per the peak charges plan to save money on charging.

Benefits of EV Telematics

Navigation and Tracking system

Live map updates are one of the most fundamental applications for EV telematics. It shows the location of an electric vehicle in real-time on a digital map. The navigation system uses GPS to monitor the vehicle's location and provides data through connectivity protocols such as Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE, and CDMA, among others, for remote access. The map assists in obtaining real-time traffic information on the road, allowing the user to determine the optimal route to their destination to save average energy usage while reducing the total distance travelled.

Charging Methods

Several companies and researchers are attempting to improve the charging time, cost, battery size, and weight of electric vehicles. Charging an EV may take longer if the energy demand is high for a particular car (based on battery size), so having a charging station nearby is critical. As a result, EV telematics uses algorithms to determine the best location for charging the car while considering the current battery charge state and the vehicle's range.

Driving Analysis

EV telematics collects data from the DTG (Digital Tachometer Graph) and GPS to display the vehicle's condition in terms of distance travelled, time taken, overspeeding throughout the route, malfunctions, unusual events, and alerts. Telematics offers the optimum route for travel and optimizes the result for improved route optimization by analyzing driving analysis data, provides alerts for violating the driving speed limit, and provides vehicle servicing status.

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