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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 Vehicle Direction Data?

Knowing where a vehicle is heading indicates that a driver is going the correct way. Compass directions are one important element that makes up GPS navigation systems in vehicles and devices.

Cars sometimes have built-in compasses or can otherwise use GPS to work out the direction of travel. Heading data is used to update directions for navigation systems. This data is sent over the air using mobile data networks to a central server that fleet managers can access to give the direction of vehicle travel.

Use Cases

Keeping track of fleet vehicles ensures smooth operation for businesses. If a driver is heading in the wrong direction, a notification can be sent to fleet operators to quickly get drivers back on the correct path. 

Heading data is used by navigation systems to work out journey time too. With direction and speed of travel, GPS can identify journey history and map this out for analysis.

Heading data can be used to work out insurance claims. During an incident, the direction the vehicle was heading can be important evidence in court cases and from witnesses.