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Our connected car data catalogue grows with every new manufacturer. Explore the variety of data items available via our Auto API.

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Connected Vehicle Data

Using telematics devices, cars can distribute data for many purposes for an end-user. Car data is created by electrical sensors linked to the ECU or Electronic Control Unit. An ECU is linked to an onboard telematics device which transmits live data. A user in a central location receives this data over the air, with an end interface that can be configured in a way that works for their business.Many attributes of a car can be transmitted live or at set intervals using GPS and mobile data networks.

Using car data, fleet management companies analyse their vehicles to help reduce costs, prevent maintenance issues and schedule service appointments in advance. Governments and councils can use car technical data to better manage traffic. Insurance companies can have real-world use cases for their customers and the introduction of smart cities with connected cars results in more efficient infrastructure. Most importantly, emergency services receive live vehicle data to accurately locate an accident, with automatic triggers to call ambulances if the vehicle senses it is in a severe accident.
Our connected car data catalogue grows with every new manufacturer. Explore the variety of data items available via our Auto API.
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What is Dashboard Warning Lights Data?

The dashboard warning lights are displayed to a driver in one of two ways. Either these lights turn on briefly when the ignition is turned on or stay on throughout a driving cycle.

Dashboard warning lights can be shown in different colours: red, amber, green and blue. These signify the type of warning and how serious the issue is. Blue and green lights demonstrate that the issue is minor and could probably be solved straight away, with little effort from a driver. 

The red and amber lights however demonstrate the seriousness of the issue. These lights may be ignored by some drivers but come as part of necessary global vehicle standards. They are a useful part of the diagnostics system and ECUs. Showing issues in terms of the general management of the vehicle, or if there is a major issue with the engine.

Use Cases

The seatbelt or handbrake may sometimes be forgotten. Doors may be left open, and accidents may occur as a result of the indication or warning lights not being on.

The telematics device retrieves such data and provides it to fleet management companies which may carry out a detailed inspection, or pinpoint if any major flaws need to be addressed immediately. This can be extremely helpful for drivers as it may prevent accidents. As warning lights could be a sign of serious issues. If these issues are not addressed properly and on time, they may have serious consequences in terms of car health and personal safety.