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Vehicle Telematics System Development

Something exciting is brewing in the automotive industry. Next-gen vehicles poised to hit the market will be more connected and secure than its predecessors! Vehicles will exhibit a unique kind of “intelligence” and location-awareness that we have never seen before.

All this is possible due to the advancements in vehicle telematics. Through the adoption of this technology, auto OEMs are developing cutting-edge vehicle telematics system to stand out from competition!

For the success of a telematics development project, it is crucial to collaborate with a trusted partner like Embitel. With automotive domain experience exceeding 17 years, we have been crafting transformative connected car solutions for automotive OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers across the globe.

Why Should You Custom-design Vehicle Telematics System?

"Off-the-shelf telematics solutions are tried and tested. Most of your peers are already buying such solutions”, say some.
"Custom solutions are trending these days. Why not try something different?” say the rest.

Yes, why should you merge with the crowd? If you desire to set your brand apart from the noise in the market, you need to be unique. And you need customised in-vehicle technology and connectivity solutions, specially crafted for you.

Here are a few more reasons why you should go for custom development:

The decision to build a telematics solution is, effectively, a long-term strategic investment. So, it is important to identify your business priorities before deciding.

Automotive Telematics Hardware & Software Development Services

Our Automotive Telematics Success Stories

What are the Key Milestones in Vehicle Telematics Development?

If you are developing a vehicle telematics solution from scratch, it involves several key milestones:

  • Telematics hardware development: This includes the evaluation of requirements and microcontroller platform, roadmap planning, estimation of BOM cost, PCB layout and fabrication, hardware circuit design and schematics design, hardware testing and validation. More details are on our page – Hardware Design Services for Telematics
  • Telematics software development: This involves the design and development of vehicle telematics software for data processing, analysis, and visualization, often including features such as real-time tracking, driver behaviour monitoring, and reporting tools.
  • Integration of Communication networks: This involves the integration of wireless communication networks, such as cellular, satellite, or radio frequency (RF) networks to transmit data between vehicles and central servers.
  • Integration of Data analytics: This includes the implementation of algorithms and software tools for processing and analysing vehicle telematics data to extract insights and actionable information.

Partner with Us for Vehicle Telematics Development

Management &
Route Tracking
theft alerts
Driver Behavior
Road Conditions

GPS Service Stack for Vehicle Telematics Solutions

Our ready-to-deploy GPS service stack eases the development of a telematics system and shortens timelines considerably. It is a software and hardware micro-stack solution for enabling GPS functionality in telematics.

So, what does this stack do?

  • It collects GNSS parameters (latitude, longitude, speed, position date/time, altitude) from the in-vehicle GSM module using USB interface.
  • It then parses these packets and extracts the relevant GNSS parameters.
  • From the navigation system, this data can be leveraged for location tracking, offering suggestions on best route, providing directions, etc.

The GPS stack software is hardware-agnostic and modularized. With a small amount of customization, it can be seamlessly integrated with different customer hardware platforms.

The GPS service stack architecture is as shown here.

Let’s Power Your Vehicle Telematics Application with the Following Features:

(Firmware Update
Over Air)
Remote access
to Vehicle
Diagnostics data
Cloud connectivity
and data analytics
tampering and
towing alerts
GPS and
CAN interface
3G data,
call and

Why Partner with Embitel for Vehicle Telematics Development?

Reduced time to market

Ready-to-deploy software and hardware components to accelerate your telematics control unit and application development initiatives

Deep domain expertise

Extensive project delivery experience in embedded automotive engineering, cloud connectivity, and Connected Car Digital Cockpit technology (automotive Infotainment, Head-Up Display solutions, etc.)

Regulatory compliance

Design and development of Telematics Solutions in adherence to the AIS-140 regulations and ISO 26262 Standard for Functional Safety ( ASIL B/ ASIL C/ ASIL D)

Strong team

A diverse team of Embedded Automotive Hardware and Firmware engineers, IoT Cloud solution architects, Application developers, Network engineers, UI/UX developers


Ready to transform your telematics vision into reality?

Automotive Telematics Solutions - Videos

An Introduction to Telematics Control Unit (TCU) and Telematics Gateway Unit (TGU)

Know about the differences and how TCU/TGU power a Vehicle
Telematics Solution

An Introduction to Telematics Control Unit (TCU) and Telematics Gateway Unit (TGU)

Know about the differences and how TCU/TGU power a Vehicle Telematics Solution


Knowledge bytes

Ans. Vehicle telematics is part of most modern vehicles. There is an in-built telematics box in a vehicle that enables the collection and transmission of vehicle telematics data. The collected data is transmitted by the telematics system via wireless networks to the cloud platform. In the cloud, this data can be processed for intelligent business decisions.

Telematics data usually consists of the vehicle’s fuel consumption, location, speed, idling time, faults, etc.

In vehicles where there is no in-built telematics solution, it is possible to retrofit a telematics box that performs similar tasks.

Ans: Today, automotive telematics is being leveraged by OEMs to design vehicles that stand out from competitors.

The greatest advantage offered by telematics is Cloud Connectivity – This enables data collection based on various parameters such as vehicle location, usage patterns, performance, maintenance needs, etc.

Subsequently, vehicle owners are empowered with the ability to keep track of vehicles in a fleet, enjoy social updates and entertainment on the go, monitor traffic conditions in real-time, enable navigation facilities and much more!

Ans. At the heart of a vehicle telematics system lies the Telematics Control Unit (TCU). During the design and development of a TCU, engineers may be faced with several challenges.

Basic considerations during the design phase would be – accounting for the security features of the telematics application, flexibility of the design to support various communication protocols, optimisation of performance and power consumption, adhering to data privacy and security regulations.

All this needs to be achieved while staying within the expected cost for solution development.

Ans Fleet management companies use special fleet management software that is essentially based on vehicle telematics technology. They can coordinate vehicles and also, receive an end-to-end view of the productivity and profitability of all the vehicles.

  • The location of vehicles, fuel consumption, speed and idling time can also be efficiently monitored using such fleet management systems.
  • Modern fleet management software can also monitor driver drowsiness and distraction, and notify the administrator of harsh acceleration or braking.
  • Another interesting use case of telematics in fleet management is non-motorised asset tracking. Fleet managers can equip non-motorised assets (such as trailers) with GPS trackers. This enables them to direct drivers towards stationary assets. Fleet managers also receive notifications when the assets are moved without permission.
  • Since telematics helps in monitoring the health of vehicles, it is possible to perform predictive maintenance activities. This way, fleet managers can reduce vehicle expenses through timely servicing. Vehicles will also stay in safe operating conditions and provide better performance.

Ans Vehicle telematics can be used in a wide range of vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses, vans, construction equipment, agricultural machinery, and even boats. Any vehicle that can benefit from improved tracking, monitoring, and management of its operations can leverage telematics technology.

While vehicle telematics systems are often used by large fleets to manage multiple vehicles efficiently, they can also be valuable for small businesses or individual vehicle owners.

Ans Yes, some insurance companies offer Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) programs that use telematics data to calculate premiums based on individual driving behaviour. By demonstrating safe driving habits, such as adhering to speed limits and avoiding harsh braking, drivers can potentially qualify for lower insurance rates.

Learn more about this in our blog – Telematics Insurance

Customer FAQs: ISO 26262 Compliance, Telematics Control Unit Development and More

What are some common features of vehicle telematics systems?

Ans. Common features of vehicle telematics systems include:

  • Real-time GPS tracking
  • Vehicle diagnostics and maintenance alerts
  • Driver behaviour monitoring (speeding, harsh braking, etc.)
  • Fuel consumption monitoring
  • Geofencing and route optimization
  • Remote vehicle immobilization (in case of theft)
  • Integration with other business systems, such as dispatch and inventory management.
Can you share details regarding the compatibility of your Telematics Reference Design with various vehicle types?
Ans. Our Telematics Solution (Telematics Reference Design Platform) is compatible with Commercial Vehicles, Passenger Vehicles – including four/three/two wheelers. Telematics Reference Design platform is compatible with both combustion engine as well as Electric Vehicles.
Please share details regarding the specifications of your Vehicle Telematics Reference Design for commercial and passenger vehicles (four/three/two wheelers)
Ans. Following is a snapshot of our Vehicle Telematics Reference Design specifications: TCU (Telematics Control Unit) hardware components: From a design perspective, a telematics solution for a commercial vehicle would be more feature intensive while the one for a two-wheeler would be cost-sensitive.
What are the re-usable components in your Vehicle Telematics Reference Design, which can be leveraged to build a customized solution?
Ans. Following are some of the re-useable components of our Vehicle Telematics Solution that will ensure reduced time-to-market for your Telematics Product:
  • Hardware reference design
  • Software stacks for microcontrollers and application processors
  • BSP stacks, vehicle networking and diagnostics stacks;
  • Telematics server software
  • FOTA reference design:
    • Ready to deploy Bootloader Software
    • Reusable Algorithms for updating, identifying and validating various firmware versions
Please share details regarding your expertise in various processors and/or controllers with respect to Telematics Application
Ans. We have successfully developed vehicle telematics solutions using the following microcontrollers and microprocessors:
  • Renesas Family of MCUs
  • PIC controllers
  • Processors from NXP and Texas Instruments
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
Do you provide support for AIS 140 compliance for Vehicle Telematics Product Development?
Ans. Our automotive telematics design and development services are compliant with AIS-140 regulations. In addition to this, our telematics software is developed using MISRA C compliant code
Do you provide support for ensuring functional safety compliance for the Telematics Products?

Ans. Yes we do. Our in-house ISO 26262 Functional safety Consultants will assist you in implementing the ISO 26262 recommended Functional Safety practices.

This will be based on ASIL requirements for your hardware & software components.

Our Automotive Functional Safety team can also provide support in identifying the ASIL requirements (ASIL B/ ASIL C/ ASIL D)

Can you provide support for migration from proprietary OS, like Windows C to Open Source OS like Linux?
Ans. Definitely we can. In fact, we have partnered with leading brands from the automotive industry – tier 1 suppliers, electric scooter manufacturers and others for successful porting of their vehicle telematics solution from proprietary OS like WinC to open source platforms including Linux and Android.
We are an automotive OEM. Can your vehicle telematics solution be leveraged for after-sales value-added services?
Ans. We custom design and develop a suitable telematics solution for your business needs. Through our solution, OEMs can gather a large amount of data wirelessly from vehicles. This includes location data, usage patterns, maintenance requirements, performance statistics, and more. The solution provides OEMs and their partners an opportunity to deliver various types of content to the driver. This includes:
  • Turn-By-Turn Navigation, maps
  • Traffic data
  • Vehicle health reports, predictive maintenance
  • Vehicle servicing reminders
  • Location based services – Shopping, restaurant offers
  • Information – News, weather, stock prices
  • Entertainment – Music, video, internet
  • Warranty support
  • Usage based insurance
  • Improved fleet management
And more.
How long does it take to develop a vehicle telematics system?
Ans. The time required to develop a vehicle telematics system depends on various factors, including the complexity of the system, the features and functionalities required, and the development resources available.

A simple telematics solution may take several months to develop, while more complex systems may take a year or more from concept to deployment.

What technologies are commonly used in vehicle telematics development?
Ans. Vehicle telematics development makes use of various technologies, including:
Can vehicle telematics development be customised to specific business needs?

Ans.Yes, vehicle telematics development can be customized to meet the specific needs and requirements of different businesses and industries. Embitel offers customisable solutions that can be tailored to address specific challenges or objectives of customers, such as fleet management, logistics optimisation, or driver safety.

How secure is the data collected by vehicle telematics systems?

Ans.Security is a top priority for vehicle telematics providers, and measures are put in place to safeguard the data collected from vehicles. This includes encryption of data transmissions, access controls to ensure that only authorized users can access the data, and compliance with data protection regulations such as GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

How can I get started with vehicle telematics development for my business?
Ans. Getting started with vehicle telematics development typically involves identifying your business objectives and requirements, selecting a telematics provider or development team with relevant expertise, and collaborating closely with them throughout the development process. Conducting a thorough assessment of your current operations and challenges can help guide the development process and ensure that the resulting solution meets your needs effectively.
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