The concept of “a connected car” is no longer a figment of the imagination of movie producers but an everyday reality. Different communication protocols along with data from different sensors are being leveraged across the automotive industry to provide advanced features/services like usage-based insurance to users while monitoring different parameters that indicate the health of the car to ensure safety.
There are different approaches/levels to data collection, processing, and automation across the industry. While its factory fitted in-built for some cars, others support add-on systems that are currently regarded as the best route for flexibility. iWave Systems, the company behind the Linux based OBD-II Dongle has been at the forefront of developing telematics solutions for cars for a while, pushing the boundaries of standards across the industry. In line with this, they recently announced a new telematic controller unit.
The new TCU comes equipped with 4G, Wi-Fi and BLE communication features that help build a connected network within the vehicle while collecting exhaustive data from its electronic systems and the CAN network in a manner that enables real-time analytics.
Aimed at applications like fleet management, light-duty vehicle monitoring, user-based insurance, and many more, the new TCU features a 792MHz ARM Cortex A7 processors which provides an opportunity for real-time Edge Analytics based applications.