In the car industry, telematics devices are widely used to provide various types of information and functionality to drivers and passengers. They are also known as “intelligent transportation devices” or “smart devices.” When referring to these devices, many people use the term “telematics” alone, so it can be a little confusing. Let’s examine the differences between a telematics device and a regular mobile phone so that you can properly understand what each one does and how they function.
In the simplest terms, a telematics device and a mobile phone are similar in nature. Both are wireless devices that connect to a wireless network and utilize a GPS system to provide location information. They also share a similar user interface, making it easy for non-tech users to operate them.
The primary difference between a telematics device and a mobile phone is how they function. A telematics device usually provides additional functionality beyond that of a mobile phone. Additionally, some telematics devices are more suitable for certain applications than mobile phones are. Consider the case of an SUV when travelling at high speeds.
When travelling at high speeds, the aerodynamic drag of a large metal object such as an SUV is enough to slow down the vehicle. This is why many car manufacturers put a telematics device in each seat to monitor driving behaviour and provide better vehicle performance through tailored driving assistance. According to the telematics research group, the market size of the automotive telematics market will grow from $16 billion in 2021 to $26 billion by 2025.
In other cases, a mobile phone provides all the necessary functions a person might need from a vehicle. For example, if you want to monitor your house alarm, connect with the security company, and report any suspicious activity to the police, a mobile phone can serve all those functions. The addition of a few more features, such as a satnav system and a music player, can turn a mobile phone into a functional and elegant telematics device.
Depending on which telematics device you buy, you’ll either get a model with a few basic features or one with a lot of additional features. Here are the most common and some of the more useful additional features you might find in a smart device:
ANC is a type of active noise cancellation used in noise-cancelling headphones and earmuffs. It helps block out all the sound around you, so that you can hear the music or speech clearly without background noise.
This type of noise cancellation makes a significant difference in the way we experience music. When you have ANC on full blast, even the loudest music feels smooth and realistic. Unfortunately, most people don’t experience this full potential. Regular ANC reduces the amount of noise cancellation by as much as 15%
ALS is a lighting sensor that allows you to control the lighting in your car with the touch of a button. This is especially useful if you are in a dark road or parking lot. Pressing the button once will restore your headlights, while holding it down for two seconds will put them on full blast. The sensor automatically turns off your headlights if no buttons are pressed for several minutes.
This feature is generally found in luxury vehicles and can serve as an additional safety measure when driving in poor conditions. For example, if you are driving in the rain and your car is equipped with this feature, your headlights will automatically turn on when water starts getting on the road ahead of you. This could help you avoid hitting trees and other dangerous objects in the road.
A camera back can be connected to a wireless network for remote viewing and sharing. This allows someone to monitor what you’re doing from another location. The camera’s view can be displayed on a smartphone or computer monitor.
While this might not sound like a popular feature with most consumers, manufacturers use it to monitor vehicle operation and ensure safe driving. For example, a camera back could be used to monitor a driver’s performance during parking lot maneuvers or at night when driving on unfamiliar routes. If something goes wrong while the vehicle is in motion, a backup camera can help provide an additional perspective of what’s happening.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows devices to connect and communicate with each other. It was designed for mobile phones and other portable electronic devices but has since grown in popularity in vehicles. The most basic use of Bluetooth in automobiles is to allow a driver to pair their phone with the car and stream music to the vehicle without needing to touch the wires every time they want to listen to a new song. Once paired, their phone will automatically connect to the car’s Bluetooth whenever it comes within range.
Bluetooth can also be used to pair wireless headphones and speakers with your phone. Simply pair your phone with a device using the buttons on the side, then connect the earpieces to the mobile phone’s audio jack.
GPS navigation is a useful addition to any car. It provides turn-by-turn directions and allows you to view maps and satellite images of the surrounding area wherever you are in the world. It also monitors the vehicle’s location and updates maps and directions accordingly. In the event of an accident or other mishap, GPS navigation can help lead law enforcement officials to your location.
Lane Change Alert is a road alert system designed to help drivers change lanes safely. When activated, the system will vibrate in the dash and make a noise if there’s another car or object in the adjacent lane. It also displays a visual alert on the windshield, displaying a sideways blue rectangle with the words “Lane Change!” in white letters on a blue background.
This feature can also be used to alert pedestrians and other drivers that your vehicle is about to overtake them. They will have a chance to move out of your way before you begin your lane change, ensuring that your brake lights aren’t turned on accidentally.
Some cars have a rear camera monitor that sits in the back and displays images from behind the vehicle on a TV screen. It can be used for many purposes, including backing up vehicles and observing traffic behind you.
This type of monitor allows a driver to see what’s happening back there even when they aren’t facing the rear of the car. If something unexpected happens while they’re driving and they need to hit the brakes, they can monitor what’s happening behind them using the rear camera instead of looking back over their shoulder.
Some cars have an aerodynamic bumper at the back end, designed to reduce wind resistance and increase fuel efficiency. They also have a small rear window and a couple of slim vertical fins or rear spoilers to improve air flow and reduce drag.
These spoilers can be adjusted to suit the driver’s preference and improve the vehicle’s handling characteristics.
Rear windshield wipers are a convenient way to keep the windshield clear of moisture and flying debris. They are activated whenever it starts raining or snowing. Windshield wipers were first manufactured for aircraft so that the pilot could see what’s ahead during inclement weather. Most cars have these rubber blades attached to the inside of the windshield using magnets. When it comes time to wash the vehicle, simply hose it down and off you go.
Ride Dynamic Tracking (RDT) is an active safety feature that works in conjunction with a vehicle’s built-in accelerometers, gyroscopes, and other sensors to provide enhanced driving dynamics and safety. When activated, the system tracks the body movements of the driver and adjusts the steering wheel, pedals, and mirrors according to the driving style and habits of the driver. This allows the car to keep track of what’s happening even when the driver is doing something else such as reading, texting, or eating.
RDT can also be used to provide enhanced entertainment by mapping the movements of the driver’s hands, head, and body to the motion of the vehicle. This makes it feel like they’re actually in the car while they’re playing or watching movies.