urrently, fewer than one percent of all vehicles on the road worldwide are electric-powered. But as battery prices decrease and countries put in place policies aimed at spurring electric vehicle (EV) growth, EV sales may soon outnumber sales of traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles — perhaps as soon as 2040.
What might an increasingly mixed-use traffic environment look like as EVs and ICEVs share the roads? And how can car buyers and policymakers alike ensure that both types of vehicles are as energy efficient as possible in these settings?
These are just some of the questions that can be answered through the use of the emerging technology of telematics. Telematics can track a number of data points — from speed to energy use to ambient temperature — in both EVs and ICEVs and relay that data in real-time to an online platform. By providing a host of real-world vehicle data, this tool can be a major boon for electric vehicle researchers.
What is telematics?
As explained here by Geotab, telematics consists of both hardware and software.Telematics hardware is simple to install and comes in the form of a small black box that can be attached to a car’s OBD II or CAN-BUS port. This box has an insertable SIM card and a modem that allows it to connect to a cellular network.As the vehicle runs, telematics track data in real-time and upload it to a cloud server. Here, this data can be accessed online or through a phone app, where it can be sorted by a number of different categories.