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Airmax develops autonomous driving telematics system

Airmax Group has jointly developed a new range of vehicle related telematics applications for autonomous driving.

The company, together with the US Sturdy Corporation, has been working to develop the technology, that links into existing mapping and GPS systems.

The technology adaptively controls the vehicle’s speed, revs and acceleration rate to help reduce fuel, accidents and insurance costs. Applications range from simple top speed limiting and rev band management through to road speed sign adherence otherwise known as "Intelligent Speed Adaptation” (ISA) or Active Speed Control.

Airmax’s telematics system also records events and report the vehicles DTC’s (trouble codes) and a plethora of telematics applications. The combination of both technology subsets is very compelling and a powerful tool for those accountable and responsible for fleets.

The data is derived from proven maps sets from Nokia and the map database applications will sit both within the vehicle’s on-board unit and Airmax’s telematics hosted platform. These applications are seen as a game changer technology and will have a major impact on User Based Insurance (UBI) but also on dual fuel engine management.

Technology enabling vehicles to ‘see’ beyond the horizon through the use of internet-enabled mobile phone communications, GPS and advanced mapping data has been demonstrated recently. By integrating these modules with the car’s own hybrid control system, Airmax predicts that fuel savings of between 5 and 24 per cent are possible at very modest cost.

Fleet managers will be able to set speeds rules above the Road Speed data base as the driver must be able to complete a manoeuvre if he gets into trouble; an overtaking event for instance. The system will be rules based and capable of being turned on or off depending on the behaviour of the driver or their circumstances.

 

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