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How Can Telematics Support the Improvement of Road Safety?

The UK has one of the best road safety records in the world, however there is still more to be done to prevent deaths and serious injuries. There were over 1,700 road deaths in the UK in 2015 and more than 185,000 people suffered injuries as a result of a road traffic accidents.

A recent RAC report mirrors these statistics, revealing that motorists in the UK remain particularly concerned about road safety, citing illegal and irresponsible driving by other road users as a primary concern (ONS data).

In light of this information, Future Cities Catapult has produced “Structure of the UK Automotive Telematics Market”, which investigates the role automotive telematics could play in not only improving road safety across Britain’s roads but also in building confidence and trust in the driving behaviours of others.

Automotive telematics is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to vehicles, or their drivers, using telecommunications devices. Increasingly this technology is being used to improve road safety by monitoring the behaviours of drivers, collecting data relating to journey times, location, vehicle speeds, acceleration, braking, cornering. This data is then processed and used to provide feedback to the driver or third party stakeholders.

While this technology is already used by insurance companies to offer more competitive premiums to younger, inexperienced drivers, this report highlights that the potential uses are far more extensive. From enabling older people to drive for longer, to improving the efficiency and safety of fleets and monitoring repeat motoring offenders, automotive telematics offers a wide-range of exciting possibilities for improving road safety.

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Powered by the Future Cities Catapult and the Digital Catapult, IoTUK is a programme of activities that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector. It is a national programme designed to accelerate the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) capability, which was launched as part of the Government’s £32m investment in IoT.

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