Telematics: Where It All Started

You’ve seen and read numerous articles on telematics on Torqative, but do you actually know what it means? Or where it all started? What we do and how it’s all possible is made possible with the introduction of GPS telematics in cars. Which is why in this article, we will let you know all there is to know about telematics and how it all started.


Where did it all start?


The word telematics originated from the French word, télématique. The word itself was used in a technology development report for the French prime minister back in 1978. However, the term telematics was used prior to the mentioned year. In fact, the implementation of the said technology started as early as 1960 when the US Military used telematics - albeit in a different name - in satellites to pinpoint submarines during the Cold War era.


So what is telematics?


Essentially, telematics is the type of technology that shares various vital information about the car’s status, driver behaviour as well as movements of vehicles and other objects within the vicinity of the car. In a nutshell, car telematics is your backseat driver in every way except for a nagging mom. 


In other words, a telematics device is like predominantly a “black box” located within your vehicle. It tracks your driving pattern, behaviour and even the little niggles the car faces while on the road. Be it harsh braking or even hard acceleration, the black box will record every single piece of data.


Also, telematics also helps drivers and users thanks to the help of GPS tracking. A case in mind, if your car was suddenly missing or you can’t seem to find your car in a vast parking lot, using GPS tracking which comes with a telematics device can help you find your car.


Of course, all of the features are there for a reason. The said features are set to help the driver and its users be better road users. Just to name a few, driving behaviour is measured by the driving patterns of the driver. Whether the driver takes a turn too fast, accelerates or brakes too hard or even driving while the engine temperature isn’t optimal is all jotted down in the driving behaviour tab.  


What does the future hold for telematics?


Seeing how fast telematics as a whole is growing worldwide, it’s no secret that it could soon be a mainstream feature in almost every car on the road. Heck, since telematics is an in-thing in the automotive industry, there could even be telematics for other applications you never knew was possible. Imagine, telematics in fridges and water heaters. Now that could be an interesting sight to behold.


I’m sure you’re already well aware of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) bill. If not, feel free to check out our previous article on the bill right here. In addition to the MaaS bill, having telematics in new cars from now can also help in the smart mobility sector. As we all know, normal cars in the market aren’t equipped with the latest in technology. Meaning that there isn’t much connectivity between cars and other surroundings. 


However, with the right equipment and the addition of telematics devices in most cars moving forward, there’s a big possibility that cars can connect and communicate with other cars, buildings and even road signs within its vicinity.


In addition to the aforementioned points above, the future of telematics is also dependant on other surroundings just like the buildings and infrastructures. There’s no possible way of telematics being successful with only the use of ancient infrastructures, hence why everything else apart from the telematics in cars needs to be vastly updated.




To sum it all up, telematics is a growing function in the world today. There are definitely kinks and bumps along the way but with the proper actions taken, there is a bright future in the world of telematics. Not just for the automotive industry, but in other categories as well.