In the second of our series of interviews with the Eloy team, today we’re chatting with Marcus Robbins, Eloy’s CTO.
Hi Marcus! Can you tell us about your role at Eloy?
How did you first get started in AutoTech and InsurTech?
In a previous career role, I worked on geospatial software – which included mapping technology. So the sat navigation element to Eloy’s app is not a new concept for me.
With some experience in geospatial software, I have built up a great deal of “what-if” technology ideas that would enhance drivers’ interactions with their cars. Voice-controlled sat nav is currently very limited – which poses great risk if you don’t enter the destination’s details before driving. The last mile – for deliveries, meeting people and directions to holiday destinations are all still quite limited too. Sharing routes and being certain the other person is sent the same way is also not perfect. Finally, the roads have been well mapped for time and distance but we have very limited understanding about road section complexity – and this will dramatically vary from person to person. We know drivers avoid certain road layouts and tricky turnings – but nobody is helping them do that with technology.
I find all of these very interesting and the scope for AutoTech, with the pending arrival of autonomous vehicles and more electric vehicles is a great time to embrace technology improvement.
And how did your career develop?
How do you see the car industry changing in the next 10 to 25 years?
What do you do when you’re not building Eloy?
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What most excites you about Eloy?
First of all it is really nice to see a number of innovative features working in a live app. We haven’t seen many other examples of these features so believe we have been quite groundbreaking with the app. Less visible is the back-end technology that enables the front-end to work – a bit like the paddling feet of a swan – and this is what excited me the most.
Connected car services are less about the front-end design if app users need to keep their eyes on the road. For me, it is about the new services we can build for car users that haven’t yet been thought of. These will be based on our back-end “Eloy Engine”