tele·​mat·​ics ˌte-lə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce telematics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: the combination of information technology with telecommunications
especially : the integration of telecommunications networks in vehicles (as for collecting data on performance)
Telematics systems track and gather information such as vehicle location, driver behaviour, engine performance and vehicle activity. Cliff Lafreniere
Part of what's known as automotive telematics, the devices use satellite global positioning systems and cellphone technology to monitor rental cars, trucks in fleets—and the family car. Danylo Hawaleshka

Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telematics was in 1978

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Cite this Entry

“Telematics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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