M2M company Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS) (Waterloo, Canada) claims a new in-vehicle telematics device, due to launch early next year, will work with any vehicle and represents its most advanced connected car hardware to date.
IMS says it developed its new DriveSync device to be the “most universal” on the market, meaning it can work in vehicles that do not have OBD-2 ports, such as new hybrid and electric vehicles and diesel fuel vehicles.
The device is to form a part of the company’s Intelligent M2M Platform, designed to support various connected car products, when it becomes available in the first quarter of 2013.
“We’re pleased to be bringing this innovative solution to market to ensure our clients have the most coverage in collecting accurate data for their telematics programs,” said Dr Ben Miners, senior director of emerging technologies at IMS, in a statement. “We recognized the need for a more extendable product early on, especially with the popularity of electric and hybrid vehicles. We also wanted to ensure that our clients have access to the most accurate, richest data possible and this device achieves just that.”
IMS says the DriveSync devices pulls in data from a variety of sources, including GPS, accelerometer, CPU and memory. It then combines data to develop a view of driver behavior.
One possible advantage of DriveSync over rival products is that it can be configured to support the data and intelligence needs of different programs. That means clients need only pay for the components and the data they need.
“We’re very proud of this innovative solution, and feel confident that it will suit the needs of our clients and potential clients for years to come,” said Miners.