Telematics in Insurance

Telematics is the joint science of telecommunications and informatics applied in wireless technologies and computational systems.

For most insurance purposes, telematics is short for vehicle telematics, referring to automation in cars and other vehicles. GPS navigation, integrated hands-free cell phones, wireless safety communications and automatic driving assistance systems are all covered under the telematics umbrella. Insurance-related applications of telematics have evolved, including vehicle and container tracking, fleet management, satellite navigation, wireless vehicle safety communications, emergency warning systems, intelligent vehicle technologies and more.

The ability to monitor and track driving characteristics and driver behaviours provides the basis for Pay As You Drive (PAYD) or Usage-Based Insurance (UBI). Telematics would be a component of self-drive cars (SDC).

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  • Customers Are Ready For Telematics: Swiss Re & IoT Insurance Observatory
    Armonk, NY (Feb. 1, 2023) – Made possible by GPS technology invented in 1973, the first usage-based insurance patents appeared in 1996. Since then, many other technological advancements (such as the Internet of Things) have contributed to the development and refinement of telematics motor insurance ...