Telematics data collection standard in development

Open standard for the collection of vehicle sensor data for telematics could see car manufacturers building in insurance telematics devices.

Octo Telematics is developing a non-proprietary protocol for telematics data collection, within the in-vehicle Java Virtual Machine (JVM) environment.

The resulting software layer will provide a path to standardisation for connected cars. It will also enable better integration of insurance and fleet functions within the Java community already used by automotive manufacturers, to facilitate data transfer from in-car sensors. This new data collection protocol will enable consistent high quality data collection and enhance driving analytics across all Java-based on-board units. As a result, the standard will help to accelerate automotive innovation with an approach that offers openness, tailoring and scale – enabling car manufacturers to more easily deliver cutting-edge connected car technology to their customers.

“Until now there has been no standard way to extract telematics data from vehicles,” said Jonathan Hewett, CMO, Octo Telematics. “As the first non-proprietary telematics library within the Java community, this new software stack will provide car manufacturers with the fastest way to integrate insurance and fleet telematics services, for the benefit of all connected users.”

Framework development is already underway and, in November 2016 Octo will launch a pilot to build a proof of concept in collaboration with a car manufacturer. The final standard will be launched to the Java community in May 2017.

To date, car manufacturers have used Java but never for insurance telematics. This new software layer, as the world’s first Java telematics protocol, will be of great value to car manufacturers enabling them to introduce integrated insurance telematics.

The Java environment offers a universal way to extract data from telematics sensors inside a vehicle. This launch of a common telematics data protocol framework will benefit telematics providers and car manufacturers across the world.

Knowing that the top car manufacturers in the industry have chosen Java, Octo is investing in setting the industry standard to advance the development of connected cars and ensure integration across the entire telematics sector.

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