Lighter Socket Telematics
BOSCH has introduced a cheap and easy way to monitor vehicle fleets and drivers, launching a Bosch plug-in telemetry sensor device which delivers precise event data such as driving behaviour and crash detection for telematics, fleet management and insurance applications.
Unveiled at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the smart Bosch plug-in telemetry sensor device, called the Telematics eCall Plug (TEP), fits into a standard 12V car cigarette lighter socket.
Data from the TEP can be used for insurance purposes but is also set up to be used by fleet operators while the device’s eCall function registers car crash severity and can help to save lives by enabling faster emergency response times.
Its built-in sensors and microcontroller can accurately track driving behaviour parameters such as acceleration, braking and cornering forces, then transmits this data to the driver’s smartphone via Bluetooth.