Digitalisation and connectivity will change automotive retail and repair

The nature of automtive retail is changing radically and disruptions will have significant impact on dealers´role and business viability. People are not any more visiting traditioal car dealer premises to select their car and then purchase a car in as earlier. Decision or car purchase on car leasing is made online ith digitalised systems. Dimishing share of  people want to own their car, but have a car “as a total service” including repair and maintenance, motor insurance, tanking or charging service with their mobile apps. Dealer sales margins continue to diminish and new players are entering the markets. This creates a must for car dealers to change their operations with customer comminications and digitalisation – and to offer new digital


Why self-driving vehicles are so important in transport revolution

When first hearing about self-driving vehicles one might think that the important point is that one can travel with her or his car with less stress and concentrate to other things than driving. This is a positive effect as well. However, the core reason for the importance of self-driving vehicles is elsewhere. Self-driven vehicles enable the future of non-ownersip of cars and transportation becoming an application driven service with flexible transportation means with lower cost. The world´s most valuable startup, Californian origin company Uber, is pushing a new revolution, where anybody can order a taxi-type service with much lower cost than earlier. This does not mean today  cars without drivers, but the new way of service is opening a path


Car Sharing is today`s smart traffic application

I was sitting in a Berlin cafeteria a sunny May morning with our company lawyer. We needed to move to an other place in the City for a meeting. Our lawyer took his mobile from his pocket and pressed some buttons. Then he informed me that we can take the BMW parked 30 meters from us. It was neither his car nor  had he seen the car before. When getting in to the car it was asking with its display if we were happy on the car and if it was clean enough. This was my first experience with Car sharing. It worked well. My lawyer drove us to the aimed destination and we left the car on the street


New on-demand services on the road

Digitalisation and new communications services are changing our environment everywhere,  also in traffic. The old way of understanding a job as a permanent working position is changing. Uber, originated from, California is the most well known on-demand service company in the world. It is inevitable that new on-demand service companies emerge – whether  we like it or not. In traffic environment, one of the latest on-demand services introduced in the USA, is on-demand road assistance. Mobile apps help any driver to take urgent contact to nearest road assistance when needed. It brings drivers clear cost benefit and  faster help.

Twenty years sustainable telematics

This year Aplicom is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Aplicom has during this 20-year period sold over 80 % of its smart traffic products and services outside Finland. In this time we have seen many changes in a rapidly developing market. Twenty years ago we talked about mobile data terminals and fleet management systems. We did not have the internet, digital mobile data networks (GPRS, 3G,/4G) or cloud services. Today, we are talking about our changing environment with terms such as IoT, connected vehicles, digitalisation of traffic and Mobile as a Service concept in traffic. Aplicom has provided hundreds of thousands of telematics units for heavy trucks, cranes, busses, various service vans and passenger cars. The key to Aplicom’s success has


Vehicle maintenance and repair diagnostics is moving to Internet

Drivers, fleet organisations and vehicle leasing companies are being offered increasingly intelligent (ICT) services wirelessly. One important applications area that is currently developing is the receiving of repair diagnostics data and maintenance times wirelessly in advance. This makes the maintenance and repair process more efficient and convenient as well as saving unnecessary driving and working time. It also helps leasing companies to take care in keeping to the correct maintenance times, which increases the reselling value of a vehicle. Two reasons for why these connected services have remained poorly developed have been the lack of specific software protocols and the difficulty to connect to the OBD (On Board Diagnostics) II port in cars. All cars have this interface to connect


Creating driving data for Insurance with user services

A new type of motor insurance approach is emerging when insurance companies are able to get reliable information on driving behaviour and mileage. Many accidents can be avoided, costs made less for insurance companies and driver habits made less polluting as driving information is gathered from the vehicle. However, some costs arise  on vehicle devices, installations and the collecting of data. The best solution is where drivers and fleet organisations are offered usable real time information services with satellite based data collection and easy to use user services.  Users are ready to pay for such services and this will help cover a largest portion of the costs. Easily installable vehicle units with satellite positioning and blue tooth connection to the


Sending digital tachograph data over GPRS network enables fulfilling EU directives

EU has set directives concerning drive times and rest periods, especially for the drivers of heavy vehicles. The regulations are aimed at improving the working conditions of drivers and road safety. In order to control that these regulations are followed EU set a directive making it mandatory to install a digital tachograph from 1 May 2006 onwards in all new vehicles having a mass of more than 3,5 tons (in goods transport) and carrying more than 9 persons ( in passenger transport). However, due to digital tachograph technology and the way the directive was constructed it has been very difficult and inefficient to collect the data from the tachographs installed in the vehicles. This has also been an important reason


Smart Traffic Ecosystem development enables usage based insurance and road charging

The number of cars and other vehicles on the streets is growing rapidly. Traffic is causing 20 % of all CO2 emissions. The pollution and congestion problems continue to increase. Electric cars are being produced too slowly and they use energy as well. Several pieces of research conclude that in order to limit the continuing growth of traffic along with the growing emissions, mechanisms to charge smartly on kilometers and other driving factors, must be brought into use.  The other driving factors are time, location and driver behaviour. In the Netherlands, a parliamentary decision was taken to implement a pay per km system to cover all vehicles. However, the decision was postponed, as several mistakes were made in the preparation and


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