5 Competitive Advantages Of Hardware-Free Telematics For Automotive Data Businesses

April 28, 2021
At High Mobility, we believe that the future of car data will be trackerless. Accessing data via the cloud will ultimately be superior to dongles and other aftermarket devices.

We’re gearing up to add support for additional car manufacturers to our platform in the next few months, and any existing implementation of the Auto API will be able to access car data from the new manufacturers without modification.

As always, High Mobility handles the entire consent flow, so you can access data from any of the manufacturers we support—BMW, MINI, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, and several new manufacturers later this year.
Modern cars are continually sending data back to their manufacturers, but the data was only visible to the manufacturers until recently. It has been made available to developers in the past few years, but each manufacturer uses a different proprietary protocol. We make it possible to access car data from all our supported manufacturers with single API integration.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the competitive advantages of accessing car data from the High Mobility platform.

Automation - save time and automate tedious tasks like keeping a logbook to comply with legal requirements

With the Auto API, it is possible to check the mileage of any linked vehicle with a single command—and without any physical device present in the car. This simplifies mileage tracking for Logbook and Pay As You Drive insurance use cases.

Got a fleet and want to keep tabs on the location of each of your vehicles? The Auto API can also supply the latest location information for each linked vehicle. A live map showing the whereabouts of all your vehicles is just a few lines of code away.

These are just a few examples of what can be automated using webhooks and the Auto API. If you have a use case in mind, please contact us via our Developer’s Slack group.

Process runtime - start the claims management process the minute an accident happens. Don't wait for the customer to call.

Paradoxically, an insurance company can be the last to know about an accident. Cars can sit at a repair shop for days before the driver begins an insurance claim. Delayed reporting can cost an insurance company hundreds of euros for each day an accident goes unreported.

The Auto API can deliver alerts—via webhook—at the time of a crash. Insurance companies can be alerted as soon as one of their linked vehicles undergoes an abnormal shock or rollover, or deploys its airbags. For more information, check out our guide to BMW Accident and Emergency Webhooks.

Lead generation - direct customers to your service center when their cars need scheduled maintenance

Refine your communication strategy by keeping track of your customers’ scheduled maintenance needs from a distance. With new maintenance-related data points, like engine_oil_life_remaining, odometer, and dashboard_lights, you can send your customers a gentle reminder when it’s time for them to swing by your service center.

To get an idea of the information on offer, check out the list of Ford Maintenance data points.

Customer satisfaction - offer remote diagnosis services to help a customer decide whether it is still possible to continue the journey or whether it is necessary to visit the nearest workshop immediately

Comfort your customers in distress, by remotely diagnosing issues with their car. Our new data points for vehicle health—like dashboard_warning_lights_changed, battery_level, and tire_pressure can help you determine if it is safe for a car to continue its journey, or whether it’s best for a driver to swing by a garage for a closer examination of the vehicle.

For example vehicle health data points, check out Ford’s available data points.

Transparency - measure your fleet’s data continually, without needing the vehicles to pass by your home base. Monitor fuel and energy consumption accurately minute by minute.

All of the vehicles which are compatible with the High Mobility platform offer odometer and fuel_level or battery_level data points. It’s trivial to calculate fuel and energy consumption over any interval that you choose. It’s even possible to calculate the total fuel consumption and miles a fleet has traveled over an entire year.

For more information on measuring fleet data, see our guide to Mercedes-Benz Fleet Data.

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