What is a car-sharing box?

In this article we’ll take a simple look at a car-sharing box, the on-board telematics device that lies at the heart of car-sharing technology and makes it possible.

The car-sharing box: cutting-edge technology

The car-sharing box is an on-board electronic telematics device installed inside the vehicle and connected to external platforms and applications.

This intelligent equipment enables the monitoring and management of various elements that are important for the shared use of a car within a corporate or public fleet, its correct maintenance, short-term rental and emergency management.

Car-sharing box features

Here is a list of these elements:

  1. Vehicle GPS position: The box can be used to check the vehicle’s position at the start and end of shared use.
  2. Rental duration: It records the duration of each rental, enabling users to be invoiced precisely according to time spent.
  3. Calculating rental mileage: Thanks to this device, it is possible to accurately measure the distance covered by each user, which is useful for pricing purposes.
  4. Odometer reading: The box also records odometer readings, enabling you to monitor vehicle wear and tear and plan maintenance.
  5. Driver authentication: Ensures secure authentication of drivers authorized to use the vehicle.
  6. Key sensor: Detects the presence of keys inside the vehicle, preventing potential loss.
  7. Door locking/unlocking: The box can control remote locking and unlocking of the vehicle’s doors.
  8. Immobilizer control: It can also prevent the vehicle from starting in the event of unauthorized use.
  9. Door status: Monitors door status, which can be useful for safety and maintenance purposes.
  10. User notifications/alerts: The box can generate alerts in the event of unusual events, such as intrusions or technical problems.
  11. Fuel level: Measures fuel level, enabling you to plan refuelling requirements.
  12. Electric vehicle (EV) battery state of charge: for electric vehicles, the box monitors the battery’s state of charge.
  13. Electric vehicle range (EV): Provides information on the remaining range of electric vehicles.
  14. Bluetooth Low Energy: This technology can be used for functions such as vehicle unlocking via a mobile application.

Other applications for the car-sharing box

The car-sharing box’s main application is in car-sharing, where it enables efficient management of a fleet of shared vehicles.

However, it also has applications in other fields, including :

  • Vehicle driving tests: Used in driving assessments and vehicle performance tests.
  • Fleet management: Companies use these devices to track and manage their vehicle fleets more efficiently.
  • Remote diagnostics: The box enables remote detection of mechanical problems, which can reduce vehicle downtime.
  • Connected insurance: It is used to evaluate the driving behavior of policyholders, which can influence insurance premiums.
  • Predictive maintenance: By monitoring the condition of vehicles, it contributes to preventive maintenance planning.

Key features of the car-sharing box

In short, the car-sharing box offers a panoply of essential functions for car-sharing services and many other applications.

Key features include :

  • 24/7 keyless access: Allows authorized users to access vehicles without the need for physical keys.
  • Vehicle immobilization system: In the event of a problem or unauthorized use, the box can immobilize the vehicle for safety reasons.
  • Mechanical/service alerts: It can generate alerts in the event of mechanical problems or maintenance requirements.
  • Electric vehicle (EV) charge status, fuel level: It monitors these important parameters to ensure worry-free vehicle operation.

Other components of a car-sharing solution

We have shown that the carsharing box is the most important component in a carsharing system. technological carsharing solution, but a complete offer such as The OpenFleet solution also includes other essential elements and the implementation of the solution for each customer – whether a company, a public authority or a mobility professional – and for the efficient management of a car-sharing fleet. Among them are :

  • A Web platform: This platform allows you to manage reservations, users, vehicles, rentals, payments and much more. Connected to the car-sharing box, it is the interface tool for the fleet manager on the one hand, and the vehicle user on the other.
  • Car-sharing implementation services: Ideally, these services are not limited to the installation and de-installation of devices. Carsharing represents a major change in the way a fleet operates. Comprehensive training for managers and users is an important success factor.
  • Mobile platform: Mobile applications provide keyless access to vehicles and simplify rental services.

In conclusion, the carsharing box is a key element in the carsharing revolution.

It offers essential functionalities for the efficient management of shared vehicle fleets, enhancing the user-friendliness, safety and sustainability of these services.

What’s more, its applications go far beyond carsharing, contributing to connectivity and intelligent vehicle management in various areas of modern mobility.

It’s important to consider that the box is the essential component of a carsharing solution, but it’s also important to take into account other elements such as interface platforms and installation services, follow-up and training.

At OpenFleet we offer complete turnkey carsharing solutions that have enabled large, medium-sized and small corporate and public sector fleets to be carshared. We’re proud to be part of the transition to better mobility for all!