Technology could halve unexpected breakdowns by 2020 according to telematics expert In-car Cleverness, as data increasingly helps drivers identify malfunctions before they occur.
Harnessing this data would slash repair bills by £1.3 billion annually, as the one in four vehicles which breakdown annually could be inspected before they fail.
Curtailing motorists’ love-hate relationship with the hard shoulder would also save drivers millions of hours lost waiting for recovery services and organising repairs for the estimated eight million breakdowns each year.
The projection comes as vehicle manufacturers and specialists such as In-car Cleverness are helping to accelerate uptake and acceptance of the technology.
|The systems, which are installed from the factory or retro fitted to vehicles, provide a proactive repair and maintenance alternative to traditional servicing which relied on estimated lifecycles of parts and routine check-ups.
However, the components and parts of the various key vehicle systems are increasingly connected to the diagnostics system, which means analytical telematics devices can access data to predict faults and errors to reduce avoidable breakdowns.
|How it works|
|In-car Cleverness has been developed to continually listen to what a car has to say allowing the fleet manager to act upon it.
The high-fidelity measuring sensors and OEM supported links to onboard ECUs contained with the In-car Cleverness solution provide new levels of precision from fuel consumption to remote vehicle diagnostics and incident detection.
Paul O’Dowd, Head of Sales at In-car Cleverness, said, “It’s not impossible to foresee a future in which almost no unexpected breakdowns occur.
“In-vehicle technology – remote diagnostics in this context – has come on in leaps and bounds and as uptake increases, we will be able to anticipate a large percentage of the nation’s vehicle glitches before they cause a failure.
“This predictive maintenance alongside routine check-ups will reduce the cost of running individual or fleets of vehicles – prevention is always better than the cure.”
In tandem with the use of diagnostics via on-board software, the comprehensive feedback on vehicle health can be supported by driving behaviour monitoring systems which also help to mitigate against breakdowns to improve safety and reliability.
The average repair cost is estimated at £325.74, and the average annual unexpected repair rate of 25.97% of vehicles on the roads.
This means an estimated 8.26 million cars across the UK suffer unexpected repairs each year at a cost of £2.7 billion. By halving the number of unexpected repairs by 50%, predictive maintenance could see a UK-wide saving of £1.3 billion every year.