In-Car Cleverness, a white label telematics product, aimed primarily at the contract hire and leasing sector, has been launched.
Parent company Accident Exchange has spent a million pounds developing the system and carried out 250 million miles of real-world testing including in its own fleet of 6,000 vehicles ahead of the launch.
The system offers CAN-Bus integration, providing information on everything from fuel consumption to remote vehicle diagnostics and incident detection.
Tim Eaves, divisional director of In-Car Cleverness, said: “It’s about interrogating the car, listening to the answers and providing a solution that allows everyone using it to eliminate inefficiencies, maximise utilisation and minimise the cost of running a fleet of vehicles regardless of the size, type or sector.”
In-Car Cleverness is supported by a 24/7 emergency centre which may help to save lives in the event of a serious accident.
Steve Evans, chief executive of Accident Exchange, said that it “goes beyond eCall” (which contacts the emergency services when the airbag is deployed but is not yet available in the UK).
The system is even able to detect if a vehicle is hit while stationary.
If a vehicle is stolen there is a field team of former police officers to aid investigation and pass information to the police.
In-Car Cleverness includes customisable reports and dashboards, expense management, maintenance alerts, journey monitoring and identification of high risk drivers.
Evans explained that there is potential to reduce downtime as information could be downloaded from the CAN-bus and sent to the dealer a week before a service is due, allowing early diagnosis.
A number of FN50 companies are already showing interest in the system although they may look to offer it in different ways to their customers.
It also possible for fleet managers to approach In-Car Cleverness direct about fitting the device to their fleet.
The system typically costs £13-£15 per month per vehicle and can be used in both cars and vans.
In-Car Cleverness claims that the system does not invalidate the manufacturer warranty.