Innovation will give boost to connected vehicle solutions in India

The market for connected vehicle solutions is slowly growing in India owing to rising demands by fleet managers to save maintenance costs and increase road safety.

India will receive a boost in connected car solutions in coming years with rising technological advancement, believe leaders in the connected vehicle space. Companies are steadily developing strategies around creating more value through driver training and maintenance services, in addition to merely providing location telematics as the case was in the past. 

According to the leaders, autonomous driving seems at the extreme end of technological leap as most OEMs are currently focusing on generating better insights from the large chunk of data generated by the vehicles. This will enhance customer experience, reduce maintenance costs, and prevent accidents. 

"There is a lot of scope of getting inside the car and getting better insights based on overall data. The data collected is being used for predictive maintenance. Similarly, using the data for giving feedback to OEMs to enhance security and costs of individual vehicles is important."

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Abhishek Agrawal, Senior Director and Head of Product, Ola Play

"There is a lot of scope of getting inside the car and getting better insights based on overall data. The data collected is being used for predictive maintenance such as when to change engine oil. Similarly, using the data for giving feedback to OEMs to enhance security and costs of individual vehicles is also important," said Abhishek Agrawal, Senior Director and Head of Product, Ola Play at the 'Connected Vehicles 2018' event organized by NASSCOM Center of Excellence-IoT.

"Tech is going to bring in a next wave in commercial vehicles. In India, the smart city momentum is slowly building the infrastructure connected with cars to solve issues of traffic, enhance customer experience and make it cost efficient," told Mandeepsingh Khangura, Director, Pointer Telocation, at the event.

Innovation to enhance road safety

Road safety is one of the major areas where most innovation is being driven. A lot of data is generated for connected car owners to ensure the security of the driver. Experts believe that vehicle safety is at the core of telematics and innovation will drive more solutions for connected vehicles focused on safety. 

“Innovation is coming on the security side of connected vehicles as there exists a huge concern. We are going to see innovative security solutions implemented on the telematics devices. It will change from the regular telematics to a single gateway to provide connectivity to all the peripherals of the vehicle.”

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Mandeepsingh Khangura, Director, Pointer Telocation

"Innovation is coming on the security side of connected vehicles as there exists a huge security concern. We are going to see innovative security solutions implemented on the telematics devices. It will change from the regular telematics used for data collection to a single gateway to provide connectivity to all the peripherals of the vehicle," states Mandeepsingh Khangura.

Remote diagnostics in fleet management

Currently, fleet managers may face difficulty in quickly responding when there is a downtime. Leaders in the space say that by using predictive analytics, faster response rates and preventative measures can be achieved. 

"The challenge is how quickly can we get the information to fleet managers. By using predictive analytics and machine learning, they can report fast, and save the costs of the downtime," said Abhishek Agrawal. 

Open standards for connected vehicle applications

Currently, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the connected vehicle sector do not share information with one another for the development of better applications. Leaders in the space believe it would be better if there is an open platform specifically for connected vehicles as that would give a boost to innovation.

"Being a software player, the challenge is lack of access to OEM platforms where there is an open standard where anyone can be talking to anyone to build solutions and applications on a single platform like in the case of Android . Somebody has to show value to OEMs as there are additional maintenance-related revenue that can be created and add value to customers," believes Vishwa Kiran, CEO of CarbookPlus.