MOTOsafety MPAAS1P1 OBD GPS Vehicle Tracker
Installation is purely simple. Just plug the device directly into the OBD (Onboard Diagnostic) port under the dash on the driver’s side. As soon as the key is turned on, the unit powers up and begins its search for a GPS signal. There are apps available for both Apple and Android devices, as well as a direct link website for other type browser use. The sign up is easily accomplished with an email address. The actual setup is best done through the website rather than the app.
Once the account is set up, the Tracker will show the current or last position of the tracker. It will record the actual track of the automobile that can be reviewed later. The track not only shows the routing taken, but will give stop points, how long the vehicle remained at a location, and the address of that location. Other useful features include geo-fencing, speed reporting, heavy braking/acceleration, time period usage and maintenance reporting.
Since the MOTOsafety MPAAS1P1 OBD GPS Vehicle Tracker specializes as a Teen Driving monitor, one can use geo-fencing to literally outline on a map an area that the car can be driven. The time period can be set to ensure that a curfew is met. The heavy braking/acceleration can monitor not only good driving habits but can be used to alert for a sudden stop that might indicate an accident. The Tracker does not use airbag deployment but relies upon sophisticated algorithms to record acceleration/deceleration rates. Maintenance reporting shows current battery voltage and fuel quantity on some newer vehicles. Apparently, engine trouble codes would be recorded, but I have not observed this feature.
Our primary concern was knowing when the car was being operated and the area where it was being used. The alert features helped to provide this info but required a workaround. Normally, someone would set up a time period that the car could be used and if the driver was still using the car after that time, an alert would be sent to the phone, email, or both.
A couple of other useful alerts are Idle and Tamper. A default time of 5 minutes of idle time is initially set. If the car is on but idling for longer, an alert is sent. We find this feature to be especially helpful for an elderly driver in case of fatigue or incapacitation. The tamper alert is triggered when the device is removed from the port. We have read that this alert can be triggered if the device is not securely positioned in the port. We didn’t experience that issue.
A monthly monitoring fee through MotoSafety is required and it is $19.99. So far we are well pleased with the design, function, and usability of the device, the app, website, and customer support. We highly recommend the device for anyone with a teen or elderly drivers or who simply wants to feel secure knowing where the car is at any time.
MOTOsafety is a real-time, 3G GPS tracker that helps improve teen driving.
Monitor your teen’s vehicle location & driving behaviour in real time with 100% accuracy using Google Maps.
Developed with the input of driving instructors and law-enforcement, MOTOsafety gives parents peace of mind while coaching their teen driver to be safer.
Installation: MOTOsafety’s OBD GPS tracker simply plugs under the dashboard into the OBD II port of any car or truck manufactured after 1996.
With real-time vehicle tracking, parents can monitor vehicle location, speed, & direction on Google Maps and receive email/text message alerts based on teen driving habits.
Additionally, the comprehensive teen driver education course, with driving report cards, makes it easy to encourage better habits with your teen driver.
GPS tracking service ($19.99/month with no contracts); includes manufacturer’s limited lifetime device warranty on GPS tracker.
Activate 3G vehicle tracking service within 30 days of purchase to receive a free month of service, a $19.99 value!
No contracts or cancellation fees
Only operates in the United States.
This unit was so amazingly simple to install (in secret, of course), and is tucked nicely under the dashboard so it can’t be seen. It is incredibly accurate. Great piece of mind when you set a young teen driver loose on the road. As soon as the key is turned on, the unit powers up and begins its search for a GPS signal. Would recommend highly to anyone.