GPS car tracking devices can broadly be divided into three categories: Sat Nav GPS navigation systems, GPS receivers and GPS trackers. While all three types of system carry out similar locational tasks, where they differ is in how the information is presented and used.
GPS Navigation Systems
These are now commonplace standard equipment on most modern cars, and many are fitted into the dashboard directly and form a part of the “infotainment” consuls that are popular in the latest vehicles. Although it is still possible to buy and fit Sat Nav systems that are mounted onto the dash, these are becoming rare.
Built in GPS trackers relay the vehicles position to a display box and via mapping overlays the driver’s exact position is displayed on the screen with an accompanying instructional voice offering route suggestions and corrections.
A GPS receiver is basically a data storage device that is discretely fitted into a vehicle and operates as a GPS car tracking device. These little boxes can be set up to keep track of a vehicle’s position, speed, direction and stationary timings. All of which is later downloaded for data retrieval and analysis regarding the vehicles usage.
The domestic use for GPS receivers is mainly for insurance purposes. A number of car insurance companies offer customers reduced rates for low mileage and monitored usage. This way the insurers can confirm the times and distances a car travelled over any given period.
GPS car tracking devices are another, increasingly familiar, in-car device. These GPS trackers have a number of uses within the family car and can be used as Sat Nav systems when used with real-time feeds and linked to an Internet account and mapping system, such as Google Earth. They are also incredibly useful as security devices and in many instances their fitting can seriously reduce your insurance premiums.
A GPS tracker fitted to a car not only warns the owner if the car is moved but also provides valuable information as to its location should it be stolen. Hundreds of cars are recovered each week, quickly and simply because they are fitted with tracking systems.
Just what type of GPS tracking device you decide to fit to your car depends entirely on what you are hoping to gain from a device. GPS trackers give the best all round use as they can function as a Sat Nav system and a security and warning device, they can also provide recorded data about journeys. Sat Nav only devices are less cumbersome and factory fitted devices have more easily visible displays for the driver. Ultimately the choice depends on your requirements and specifications.