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18 June 2012

Telematics system on a dongle

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A plug-in OBD2 dongle-based vehicle telematics system has been launched by French-based telematics and satnav hardware developer Mobile Devices, which says it has already been proven in fleet cars in four countries.

OBD2, which stands for On-Board Diagnostics 2, is an international standard interface to a vehicle’s electrical sub-systems, and is provided as standard on cars sold in the EU. This makes it highly appealing for dongle-based telematics.

However, Mobile Devices’ key selling point is not just the accessibility, but also as the system’s programmability. It uses a software platform called Morpheus3, which the company has championed and for which it supplies a software development kit.

It says this means vehicle operators can program the device to suit their own requirements, gaining access to features such as accelerometer, gyro and GPS, if these are available.

The dongle itself incorporates assisted GPS technology. It features a 500Mhz ARM CPU, along with what the company describes as "enough memory to enable heavy onboard processing".

While the device is not much bigger than a mains electric plug, it can be connected to the company’s Dreevo Light satellite navigation system, which incorporates a tablet-sizes colour display, providing a full driver interface.


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