One in Three Commercial Fleet Telematics Units Shipped Based on Consumer
Smartphone Platforms by 2018, According to ABI Research
LONDON -- December 3, 2013
With today’s mobile and cloud-based technology, commercial fleets no longer
need to fit expensive hardware on their new trucks and the availability of
consumer mobile devices with increasingly sophisticated capabilities means
that smaller fleets are embracing commercial telematics.
Most fleet operators are already using smartphones as service access devices
to monitor their fleets remotely. Now commercial telematics service providers
are increasingly adapting their core applications including track &
trace/route planning, driver behavior and fuel management solutions to run on
consumer-grade smartphone and tablet devices.
“With GPS and accelerometer functionality, plus the power and flexibility of a
sophisticated computer, smartphones and tablets are already important
platforms for telematics applications,” comments Gareth Owen, principal
analyst. “As sensors continue to develop, and new technologies such as voice
and gesture recognition improve further, smartphone and tablet-based
applications will become even more compelling for fleet telematics.”
Commercial telematics providers such as Telogis and XRS Corporation are
becoming device agnostic and are making their solutions available on
consumer-grade smartphone and tablet devices as well as the typical
ruggedized, customized mobile and tablet PC devices. Another trend is
ruggedized mobile devices increasingly being based on smartphones OSes such as
Android, rather than Windows. For example, Zonar Technologies’ new 2020 remote
terminal is based on a modified Android platform which gives fleet operators
the flexibility to use applications from third party providers as well as from
Zonar. There are also an increasing number of specialist providers, such as
GreenRoad, who are focused specifically on developing lower-cost Android and
iOS based telematics solutions for consumer-grade smartphone and tablet
“Although there will always be a need for fixed terminals which cannot be
switched off in certain specialized verticals, such as oil and gas or mining
due to safety reasons, we see the trend towards using consumer-grade devices
accelerating strongly in the future, particularly as truck OEMs are forced to
open up their vehicles to third-party applications,” adds Owen.
These findings are part of ABI Research’s Commercial Vehicle Telematics
and Mobile OS, Browsers and Applications
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