How Telematics Is Helping Build Smart Cities
Disruptive Digital Technologies Have the Potential to Solve Considerable Metropolitan Challenges
The world is facing increasing urbanization and societal challenges. Major cities are facing higher pressure on their existing infrastructure put on by an ever-growing population. The idea of utilizing disruptive digital technologies to solve considerable metropolitan challenges which transform traditional cities into "smart cities" is one that has been met with great interest across Europe, North America and especially, China with nearly 500 active smart city pilot projects.
Data and connected technology are key in empowering communities to build the best living environment while establishing an open and engaging communication between governments and the public. By collecting and sharing rich data, there will be an increase in a wide scope of efficiencies which can help address real needs of city users – anything from renewable energy and green buildings to traffic management.
One connected technology solution that plays a significant role in the development of smart cities is vehicle telematics. Vehicle telematics is a tool used to monitor vehicle diagnostics and movements such as trip duration and length, location and CO2 emissions. The information collected is analyzed by numerous organizations including insurance companies and government agencies to enhance sustainability, predict traffic patterns, curb carbon emissions and optimize urban infrastructure projects. Vehicle telematics also helps analyze and shape driving behavior and has been proven to reduce speeding, harsh braking and help eliminate preventable deaths caused by distracted driving.