Today's cars can do more than get you from point A to point B, thanks to something called telematics - standard on many new vehicles.
What is telematics?
Telematics is the use of cellular, GPS, and other technology to gather and transmit data. There are two types of telematics systems:
What are the benefits?
- Assistance: Whether drivers have an emergency, need directions or just want to make reservations at a
nearby restaurant, telematics systems connect drivers to the appropriate live support. Some systems
offer turn-by-turn navigation.
- Convenience: Many systems offer access to email, weather, traffic reports, stock quotes - even social
- Safety: Newer telematics systems can locate or track a car with GPS - whether it's stolen or you can't remember where you parked. Some systems also can monitor your car's diagnostics, automatically detect collisions, and remotely lock and unlock doors.
Insurance companies can use telematics systems to reward your driving. State Farm® Drive Safe & Save™ helps you control how much you save on your insurance premiums. Drive Safe & Save uses your smartphone, combined with a Bluetooth beacon provided, to collect basic information about your driving characteristics. The less you drive and the safer you drive, the more you could save on your auto insurance.
should you purchase?
You can choose from several features for telematics systems. To help determine which is right for you, ask yourself what you'll benefit from the most. Keep in mind: Many of these systems come pre-installed and are activated at no charge after a new vehicle purchase, but a monthly or annual subscription charge may apply beyond the trial period.