China and Other Developing Markets to Drive Commercial Telematics Systems to $12 Billion by 2016

Oyster Bay, New York - 24 May 2011

Fleet management and trailer tracking system revenues will grow at a CAGR of 19.4% in the next five years, rising from about $5 billion in 2011 to exceed $12 billion in 2016.

ABI Research Telematics and Navigation Group Director Dominique Bonte comments: “While commercial telematics in developed markets such as North America and Western Europe is reaching maturity, especially in the trucking segment, the major growth in future is expected to come from developing regions where safety and security requirements are currently the main drivers. This trend is typified by mandates in Brazil (Stolen Vehicle Tracking legislation) and Russia (eCall on commercial vehicles by 2013).”

However, the biggest growth will come from Asia, with China leading the way as it moves from “developing” to “developed” status. While telematics in China has long been held back by small average fleet sizes, this is changing rapidly with a more organized and larger-scale transportation industry emerging. As fleets struggle to add a sufficient number of new vehicles to keep up with the surging economy, telematics becomes an important tool for optimizing the use of the limited available vehicle resources. International players such as Navman Wireless have already entered the Chinese market.

Although commercial telematics has largely been an aftermarket environment, truck OEMs such as Daimler (FleetBoard), DAF Trucks, the Scania Group, Renault, Iveco, and Volvo Trucks are now ramping up their efforts by offering factory-installed solutions. In most cases, these are also compatible with other truck brands, a major requirement as mixed fleets are common in the transportation industry.

Another major trend is the adoption of SaaS models offering a wide range of benefits including:

           Scalability, ease of deployment and integration, and time to market

           Hardware / operating system / software independence

           Lower costs allowing improved Return on Investment (ROI) — rent versus buy

           Upgradeability and ease of maintenance

           Universal access — proliferation of portable computing devices

           Flexible levels of security and availability


ABI Research’s new “Commercial Telematics Market Datacontains forecast data per region on hardware shipments, hardware revenue, system users, subscribers and service revenues in the commercial telematics sector. Statistics on vehicle sales and vehicles in operation are also included.


It is part of the recently launched Commercial Telematics Research Service.


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