GPS or global positioning system, as it is known, is a form of location tracking that relies on a network of satellites to pinpoint the location of a specific device or vehicle. GPS tracking for cars, therefore, is a method that’s used to track your car’s location, wherever it is.
Primarily used as an anti-theft mechanism, this form of tracking is multi-purposive and can be used for law enforcement purposes, as an investigative technique, and even to enhance your personal safety or the safety of those you care about.
How GPS tracking for cars works: A scientific explanation
Leveraging a method known as trilateration, GPS trackers determine location by calculating their distance through the input of GPS satellites. Unlike a navigation system - think automated female voice on Google Maps - GPS is not about giving you the fastest directions to your destination; it’s all about the live location of your vehicle.
Back to the satellites - GPS is essentially a worldwide radio-navigation system, which functions with the aid of a system comprising approximately 24 satellites and their ground stations. Originally envisioned to cater to the defence requirements of the US military, it’s now used all around the world for a range of civilian purposes.
Using microwave signals, these satellites ‘communicate’ with GPS devices, like your car, and extract information on the location of your vehicle, the time, speed and even the direction you’re going in. In this way, it’s not only useful to understand the live location of your vehicle but also to determine where your vehicle has been, which can be useful for various reasons.
GPS car tracking and law enforcement in Australia
With one car stolen every 10 minutes in Australia in 2017, GPS tracking for cars has become a useful feature - one that can reduce property crimes significantly.
Citing the use of stolen vehicles for more serious crimes including drive-by shootings, armed robberies or commercial burglaries, Victoria Police even launched an official anti-theft GPS tracking trial in 2017 where 1000 cars were equipped with GPS tracking technology with the ability to pinpoint vehicular location.
What are the best GPS devices to track your car?
There are countless GPS trackers on the market, with some offering subscription costs to use their platforms, while others offer more basic platforms for free. When purchasing any of our models, there are no subscription costs whatsoever, except for your SIM card fees.
In order to be future proof, we have discontinued our much-loved PL650/PL640/PL630 models and replaced them with new and improved 4G LTE models (PL651/PL641/PL631), which can also revert back to the 3G network if necessary. Telstra has already started shutting down parts of their 3G network, with the complete shutdown from all telecommunication companies in Australia by 2024.
The PL651 is our hard-wired tracker and includes the support of an internal microphone. You will generally require an auto electrician to install this device into your vehicle, however, the end result is much more discrete.
The PL631, on the other hand, can be plugged into the OBD2 port in your vehicle (plug-and-play) and is seen as a hybrid between a hard-wired and a portable tracker as there is no wiring required.
Our PL641 is a magnetic portable tracker and is renowned for its strong magnetic backing and versatility. This tracker is perfect for situations where the device frequently needs to be moved.
Leverage GPS tracking for cars for greater protection and safety
No one can deny that GPS tracking is a useful feature. Its benefits in terms of crime prevention and guaranteeing personal safety ensure that these devices find their way to thousands of vehicles in Australia.
With the technological advancements in this field, the usefulness and functionality of these devices have witnessed a dramatic increase in recent years, allowing you to make the most of your investment. Equip your vehicle with GPS tracking to ensure that you know where your vehicle is and where it has been at all times.