The RAC has signed a three-year deal with mobile operator EE to help launch its in-car B2B telematics system, which enables fleet managers and business owners to track and monitor each vehicle within their fleet.
An EE SIM embedded within the telematics will not only allow each vehicle to be monitored remotely for location, mileage and fuel efficiency, but will also provide the potential to identify mechanical faults and diagnose the cause of breakdowns and collisions, without having to send out a mechanic.
The service is initially rolling out on EE’s 2G and 3G network, with plans to provide 4G services in the near future. The connectivity provided through EE means the RAC will also be able to communicate with customers directly and establish stronger relationships with them, said the RAC.
The in-car telematics system also gives insurers the ability to use data on driver behaviour, car condition and mileage to more accurately tailor premiums, and to help decide who is at fault in the event of a collision.
RAC director of business services David Aldridge said: "As the UK’s largest mobile network provider and pioneers of the UK’s first 4G service, EE is a natural partner of choice for RAC, delivering telematics right to the heart of businesses to make managing a fleet of vehicles easier and more cost-effective."
EE has existing vehicle telematics deals with insurance companies including Insurethebox, Drive Like a Girl and Ingenie.