Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Smart - Proof of Market | Award Amount: 24.50K | Year: 2015
AutoTrip (AT) provides business drivers with telematics mileage trackers (plug & play) and web-based accounting software to automate the mileage reclaims process and provide fleet managers with improved control. AT has developed a prototype design for a ‘connected cars’ privacy system (“CPS”) that keeps personal data on cars that serve a dual business/personal function private – specifically ‘Grey Fleet’ vehicles. The system is composed of a ‘plug and play’ Bluetooth enabled telematics device, a key ring attachment and a cloud-based logging system. This enables the driver to log when a business trip is being completed, which enables the telematics device to switch transmitting from the ‘default’ private mode to business mode. The market for ‘connected car’ solutions is expected to grow from a reported €13bn in 2012 to €39bn by 2018 (GSMA, 2013). According to Cisco, connected vehicles data can deliver added value equivalent to £840 per vehicle per annum (BVRLA, 2014). However, employee concerns over privacy on personal data persists to limit widespread uptake in business fleets. CPS takes advantage of maturing Bluetooth technology (low energy and miniaturization), along with AT’s existing patent pending dual transmission switch on the telematics device to create a ‘plug and play’ connected car’s product that provides drivers with confidence that their personal journey data is kept private. CPS’s system consists of: i) a Bluetooth enabled key ring (including bleeper, proximity detector, and transmitter); and ii) a ‘plug and play’ Bluetooth enabled telematics device. Successful deployment of the CPS solution requires co-ordination among many different stakeholders including: hardware OEMs, drivers and fleet managers. Before this can be achieved the addressable market requires: further segmentation and appraisal; customer proposition validation; supply chain readiness verification; and development and establishment of a systems roadmap.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: SMEInst-10-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2016
The SmarTrip business innovation project is led by AutoTrip; a British company that aims to provide a tool for optimising the management of road fleets by implementing cutting-edge technologies in mileage tracking and data processing. SmarTrip is mainly comprised by: 1) a cloud infrastructure which serves as the basis for communications, data storage and processing; 2) a plug-and-play device, which is connected to the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) connector of the vehicle (present in all vehicles made since 1996) and which acquires the trip information and then sends it to the cloud infrastructure; and 3) web and mobile-based applications for configuration and managing the information. Every year millions of hours of productivity are lost on vehicle based administration. SmarTrips mission is to connect cars used for business to the cloud to fully automate the reporting of business mileage and unlock cost savings of up to 35%. Today, less than 5% of mileage claims submitted are automated by GPS systems, and is estimated that 96% of submissions still require significant manual activity (paper, excel, postcode logging etc.). We calculate that within the next 10 years, 80% of mileage reclaims submitted will be automated as a result of the Internet of Cars. A connected business fleet can offer cost savings through: reduced administrative costs, since the need for manual input is removed as a result of SmarTrips end-to-end automation; accurate mileage reclaims, since thanks to a better triangulation that combines GPS/GSM data, SmarTrip can accurately measure business mileage completed in private vehicles and company cars; reducing business fuel used on trips, since for company cars with fuel cards, SmarTrip will automatically invoice employees for any fuel used on private trips by accurately correlating business mileage against fuel card usage; and tax compliance, since taking the UK as example, the average fine for inaccurate mileage records is near 23,000 per driver.