Jump to content

Telematics the next big thing?


Recommended Posts



Telematics could well be a big thing over the next few years. There are really exciting things happening in-car such as gesture based controls, infotainment and not so exciting but also insurance. I run telematics.com and joined to post the link to my site to read more having read your post and article (not a bot or machine!!). We talk to a lot of the big car manufacturers and they are investing millions in telematics. In 2015, all cars in the UK will have what is known as eCall too which will be built into cars as standard, this will save lives through better diagnostics and roadside assistance and has been well adopted abroad.


If anybody has any more questions about it i would be happy to answer





Link to comment
Share on other sites

Interesting. Progressive sent me one of these devices a few years back. I plugged it into the OBD2 port, and it tracked my driving. Supposedly, Progressive would lower my rates if I drove carefully. I never saw a change in the price, but I did not pursue it very hard.


Pairing this with a 4G wireless network, giving shops access to the data, and pairing it with a shop management program will be powerful for both consumers and the shop if used wisely.



Edited by Wes Daniel
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Some insurers do pay as you drive meaning that you just pay differently according to miles driven. Lower mileage drivers will pay less than high volume drivers. Others are introducing pay how you drive which measures braking, speeding, areas you drive to, cornering and more. In the UK we have the "black boxes" added to cars but the US is about to see a big surge in these types of usage based insurance. Just came back from Chicago insurers conference which said that 9 out of 10 of the main insurers in the US have a telematics policy,

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Have you checked out Joe's Latest Blog?

      Most shop owners would agree that the independent auto repair industry has been too cheap for too long regarding its pricing and labor rates. However, can we keep raising our labor rates and prices until we achieve the profit we desire and need? Is it that simple?
      The first step in achieving your required gross and net profit is understanding your numbers and establishing the correct labor and part margins. The next step is to find your business's inefficiencies that impact high production levels.
      Here are a few things to consider. First, do you have the workflow processes in place that is conducive to high production? What about your shop layout? Do you have all the right tools and equipment? Do you have a continuous training program in place? Are technicians waiting to use a particular scanner or waiting to access information from the shop's workstation computer?
      And lastly, are all the estimates written correctly? Is the labor correct for each job? Are you allowing extra time for rust, older vehicles, labor jobs with no parts included, and the fact that many published labor times are wrong? Let's not forget that perhaps the most significant labor loss is not charging enough labor time for testing, electrical work, and other complicated repairs.  
      Once you have determined the correct labor rate and pricing, review your entire operation. Then, tighten up on all those labor leaks and inefficiencies. Improving production and paying close attention to the labor on each job will add much-needed dollars to your bottom line.
  • Similar Topics

    • By ASOG Podcast
      Auto Repair Shops Should All Be Doing This
    • By Joe Marconi
      As we close out 2022, it's time to reflect on the past year. Review your accomplishments, the state of your business, your personal life, and things that could have gone better. The key thing to remember is that it's better to have a plan and goals instead of trying to fly blind. 
      Establish your goals for 2023 and beyond. Include family time too, and time for yourself.  It's not all about business. Having the right balance will actually make your business more successful.  
      Speak with your employees too. Find out from them what went wrong, what went right, and what they would like to see in the coming year. While you can't always act on what your employees want, getting their perspective will not only help you create the plan moving forward, it will help to build morale, a win/win for all. 
    • By ASOG Podcast
      "Quit Doing Labor" - Murray Voth

  • By nptrb, in Automotive Industry,

    By nptrb, in Automotive Industry,

    By nptrb, in Automotive Industry,

  • Our Sponsors

  • Create New...