Telematics Jargon Buster

Our Telematics industry jargon buster, will help you decipher the meaning of the different terms and acronyms from across the industry. Please use your browser search (ctrl+f or cmd+f) to search.

  • ABI

    Association of British Insurers

  • ADAS

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

  • Autonomous Vehicle

    An autonomous car (sometimes known as a ‘driverless car’, ‘self-driving car’ or ‘robotic car’) is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input.

  • AEB

    Autonomous Early Breaking.An automatic braking system that senses when there is an obstruction or danger in front of a vehicle and automatically applies the brakes.

  • BYOD

    Bring Your Own Device

  • CAN bus

    Controller Area Network is a vehicle bus standard designed to allow microcontrollers and devices to communicate with each other in applications without a host computer


    Construction Equipment Security and Registration scheme

  • Connected Car

    A car that is equipped with Internet access, and usually also with a wireless local area network. This allows the car to share internet access with other devices, both inside as well as outside the vehicle. View more details...

  • FMS

    Fleet Management System. A fleet tracking system which makes use of information technology in vehicles to track and report the location and usage data to software programs. This data is then interpreted by the Fleet Management System to give fleet managers actionable intelligence on fleet’s condition and the location of each individual vehicle.

  • GPS

    Global Positioning System. An American satellite-based navigation system that is used to plot the location of any point or object on Earth.

  • GPRS

    General Packet Radio Service. A data packet communications system which is used to send small amounts of data across mobile internet services. The confusion between GPS and GPRS: Many people assume GPS (Global Positioning System) and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) to be one and the same thing. But, they are not. In fact, they are two different technologies that do different things and do not have anything to do with each other. GPS is a system that is used to find and point towards any point on Earth using a satellite; GPRS is a service that enables the mobile phone service providers to provide 2G data services to their users. The similarities end with the letters GPS present in both names.

  • HGV

    Heavy Good Vehicle

  • IoT

    Internet of Things

  • KPIs

    Key Performance Indicators

  • LCV

    Light Commercial Vehicle

  • M2M


  • MOT

    An annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required in Great Britain for most vehicles over three years old, which are used on any way defined as a road in the Road Traffic Act 1988. Derived from the original Ministry of Transport test car inspection.

  • OBD2

    16-pin D-shaped connector used to access a vehicles on-board self-diagnostic and reporting capability

  • Odometer

    An instrument that indicates distance travelled by a vehicle, such as a bicycle or automobile

  • OEM

    Original Equipment Manufacturer

  • PAYD

    Pay as You Drive

  • RFID

    Radio Frequency Identification

  • RoI

    Return on Investment

  • SMS

    Short Message Service. Otherwise known as a ‘text’ or ‘text message’

  • Telematics

    Telematics is a general term that refers to any device which merges telecommunications and infomatics (the science of processing data for storage and retrieval). Telematics is essentially a range of different features, options and devices that are brought together by a single principle – data and communication. Telematics is now responsible for many features in vehicles, from satellite navigation to hands-free mobile calling. It is also used heavily in vehicle tracking and fleet management. You can find out more at:

  • TSP

    Telematics Service Provider

  • Thatcham

    Thatcham Research is the UK’s only ‘not-for-profit’ insurer-funded research centre. Thatcham is widely recognised for its testing, accreditation and Quality Assurance programmes (included TRI – see below), which seek to independently verify the performance and suitability of equipment and parts, including aftermarket vehicle security devices, repair equipment and cosmetic vehicle parts. More information is available at:

  • TRI

    Thatcham’s Recognised Installer scheme. TRI safeguards and maintains the standard of installation of Thatcham-listed aftermarket systems

  • V2V


  • VSIB

    Vehicle Systems Installation Board. A not-for-profit organisation that served as the main governing body for the installation of vehicle security systems, from 1994 until it went into receivership in 2009. Following the demise of VSIB, Thatcham Research introduced its Recognised Installer scheme (TRI).

  • WiFi

    A common abbreviation for Wireless Internet. NB: There seems to be some debate over what the acronym ‘Wi-Fi’ stands for – and according to the following article, it may not actually stand for anything. view article

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