A vehicle GPS tracking device is a portable unit that allows users to monitor and track its location. These devices are most commonly used in vehicles as car tracking systems. While tracking devices are similar to in-car navigation systems, there are a few key differences. GPS navigation systems show drivers their location on a digital map and then provide driving instructions to get to a designated point. On the other hand, GPS trackers use GPS technology to track a vehicle’s current location and trip history. The GPS data is then broadcasted to a computer, Smartphone, or tablet.
GPS trackers connect to a series of satellites to determine location. The tracker uses a process called trilateration which uses the position of three or more satellites from the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network and its distance from them to determine latitude, longitude, elevation, and time.
Vehicle GPS trackers are used by fleet managers and vehicle owners to track the location of their vehicles. GPS tracking systems can provide useful information in a number of scenarios for fleet managers, such as:
Perhaps the most common use for GPS is in navigation systems. Combined with map technology, it becomes a powerful tool for road vehicles and boats. GPS can pinpoint a device's location with accuracy and by comparing coordinates; the statistics can be used to calculate a device's direction of movement and speed. This information can be used to provide step-by-step directions from Point A to Point B in real time.
The satellites behind GPS are paid for, maintained and upgraded by the US Department of Defense. That means that the system is essentially free, although you may have to pay for a device and software to utilize it. Smartphone apps, such as Google Maps, that use GPS are also typically free.
Crime and Security:
GPS can be used as a valuable tool by law enforcement to track criminals or terrorists, using devices they attach to vehicles, or through tracking the perpetrator's Smartphone. GPS tracking devices can also be used to deter theft by employers or ordinary people.
Easy to Use:
Navigation using GPS is generally very easy and requires minimal skill or effort, certainly when compared to traditional methods and technologies, such as map-reading. In most cases, the user just has to input the destination and the device will do the rest. GPS is also an easier and more efficient technology to use for tasks like surveying and the study of the movement of tectonic plates (see below).
Employers can use GPS tracking to make sure that their drivers are behaving responsibly, such as following the quickest route, and not wasting time or fuel by going off track, as well as following speed restrictions. Businesses can also provide better customer service if they know where delivery or service vehicles are at any one time. A fleet of vehicles can be used more efficiently using GPS.
Traffic and Weather Alerts:
One of the great things about vehicle GPS is that it is all happening in real time. That means that you can be notified if there is a traffic accident, or another type of hold-up ahead, or if you are approaching an area where there is a severe weather event occurring. Not only can this shorten your journey time, but also improve safety.
One of the best features of GPS is that because it essentially works through satellite technology, it is available across the entire globe. There is no reason to be caught out not knowing your own location, or become lost
Updated and Maintained:
The GPS system is paid for, updated, and maintained by the US Department of Defense, so that it is always accurate. Most software, apps, and devices that use GPS are also regularly updated, normally for free. So unlike a traditional printed map which goes out of date after a while, GPS and related technology normally stays very accurate.
Flexible Route Options:
GPS give you route choices in live time, enabling flexibility. You can choose a route according to your particular needs or desires. If you take a wrong turn, a new route can be calculated using GPS. If your route becomes blocked by an incident, GPS can be used to calculate a new pathway.