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Most drivers will
appreciate and use the
new telematics systems to
the max. They will wonder
how they ever got along
driver, your job is to drive
safely — not consume
massive amounts of data
and multimedia. That’s a
passengers to connect to external
sources with their smartphones,
tablets, or laptops.
The big problem is what do you
do with all that information? As the
Trucks have already
been using a form of telematics for
years. Long haul tractor trailers are
installed with asset tracking radios
that keep the home office informed
of location, speed average, gas
mileage, and other monitored
conditions. Some use Wi-Fi, while
others use cellular connections. Even
satellite systems are used. This is a
form of machine-to-machine (M2M)
communications that is expanding
widely to monitor and control almost
any asset, truck, or cargo.
; FIGURE 1.
This is the European Telecommunications Standards
Institute (ETSI) vision of an Intelligent Transportation
System (ITS). Its main focus is cars and trucks, but all
modes of transportation are to be factored in eventually.
Wireless systems are at the core of all ITS. The
proposed US system is similar.