There are a lot of uses for vehicle tracking devices. The major one is to combat theft. If a thief steals a car which has some kind of vehicle tracking device on it, the odds of getting it back are tremendously increased. Some tracking devices can even turn off the engine, so the car stops. If you need to keep records of mileage and such for business reasons, a passive GPS device can do it for you for around $200. You simply download the data and you’ll know exactly how far you drove, how long it took you and where you went. Some teenage drivers can benefit from having a GPS tracking device on their vehicle as it will help them stay careful during those first years of driving. Knowing that mom and dad can determine how fast they went and even if they started and stopped suddenly, can help a teen make good choices while driving.
Vehicle tracking devices can be used to keep a car within a specific area by programming a Geo Fence into the device. When the vehicle is about to cross a boundary it notifies the driver or home base. Keeping track of a fleet of vehicles is another great application for vehicle tracking systems. A dispatcher can watch each vehicle on a map in real time, which greatly improves routing efficiency. It’s even possible for the dispatcher to enter an address into the system, to find out which vehicle is nearest. Trucks, trains and ships can all benefit from tracking the cargo carried with GPS devices, since shipments won’t get lost and arrival times can be accurately predicted. And speaking of arrival times, public transportation is another application for GPS vehicle tracking. A service called “NextBus” is utilized to continually post updated departure and arrival times to a website and message boards. This way, people can find out when that next bus or subway is leaving or arriving, so they can be on time to their appointments too.