Hughes Telematics: “Every driver needs a car that fuels itself”

Hughes Telematics: “Every driver needs a car that fuels itself”

What does your company do?
HTI is in the business of delivering vehicle information-based technologies and services. HTI’s patented systems allow complete connectivity to any vehicle with a broad portfolio of services, each designed to improve the safety, security, and comfort of the passenger and increase both vehicle and customer relationship management potential while reducing costs.

How do you differentiate your offerings from your competitors?
HTI has built a flexible, reliable, scalable, secure, and cost-efficient platform and partner eco-system that can deliver a broad spectrum of voice and data based telematics services. In addition to end-to-end service delivery, HTI also offers various business models, process, and marketing support to enable customers and partners to successfully execute telematics programs.

What partnerships are you currently forging? What industry milestones have you recently achieved?
We have an exclusive partnership with Mercedes-Benz to supply mbrace end-to-end telematics services, including connectivity and content and management of call center services. Operations began on 16 November 2009 for all new vehicles. We have consumer and enterprise services enabled by an after-market installed device and are currently contracted to deliver pay-as-you-drive, eco-driving, and fleet performance management services.

Which trends will impact the fleet and asset management industry the most in the coming years and why?
The biggest trends are fuel cost increases, regulation compliance, restrictions on large vehicles in urban and built-up areas, route planning for large vehicles, and driver and load security.

You are an integral part of at Fleet and Asset Management Europe 2011. What key issues will you be discussing with the industry?
European eCall and route planning and optimization for large vehicles will be key issues. (For more on eCall, see ‘Has eCall’s Moment Finally Arrived?’.)

Which gadgets, gizmos, or cars are on your 2011 wish list?
There are two tools that every driver, private or commercial, needs: a car that fuels itself and car that knows when it has to go into the workshop to have a problem fixed before it breaks down on the road.

For more from Mike Sena, and all the latest trends in fleet management, join the industry’s key players at Fleet and Asset Management Europe 2011 on April 4 and 5 in Amsterdam.

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