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With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611

Dark side of Telematics: A useful tool or a new Big Brother on the roads?

Telematics belong to innovative technology which is here to help transportation industries, stakeholders, passengers etc. Sarah MacKinley explains in one page article the pros and the cons of telematics in transportation industry. GYM main pillar is to use telematics presenting an innovative and sustainable platform which reduces carbon footprint.

Telematics offer benefits to users.  Telematics allow a company to manage its fleet. A company has the ability to monitor driver behaviour and monitor locations. New technologies offer energy consumption measurements and prediction algorithms to find more efficient routes.

Data analytics and energy consumption measurement allow a business to develop new optimized driving styles so to save money and reduce CO2 emissions.  On the other side a telematic system may work like a “Big Brother”.

Many times drivers feel like haunted. They feel that every move is being monitored by a GPS. Giles Margerison – senior director of TomTom believes that employees of a company uses telematics must be trained to use them. Otherwise they will think that someone watching them and this can reduce safety.

Source: Director of Finance Website

The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.


The sole responsibility for the content of this report lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months

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