Device types

Modern vehicle tracking devices (along with advanced tracking platforms) became a weird mix of a portable locator, car alarm and economizer. All these functions have particular fields of application and some specific details.

As for special form factors GPS devices may be divided into:

  • Wired trackers are connected to the vehicle power system by a few wires. Sometimes it needs special skills of installation.
  • Pluggable OBDII trackers are connected to a vehicle on-board PC using OBDII port. These types of devices are easy to install and read PC data.
  • Pluggable lighter trackers are connected to a cigarette lighter. They are easy to use and usually very small.
  • Beacon trackers are small GPS locators that often can be used for hidden tracking in interval mode. These devices may be placed in different parts of a vehicle cabin.
  • Magnetic trackers are handheld devices that have magnet mounting. They usually can be placed inside and outside a cabin or underneath a vehicle.

The core parameters of any GPS unit that is used only for private purposes are:

  • Price. Along with the cost of installation works the device price is a main factor that influences on a consumer’s choice. Usually, families don’t need any type of high-end features, that’s why they look for the cheapest budget-class or mid-class devices. In this case, OBDII trackers may be an ideal solution, because of the installation overpayments absence.
  • Easy installation and use are other vital parameters for private cars’ owners. An ordinary family doesn’t have a special technical staff to install a device. Many wires and buttons may confuse a consumer. The device should be very friendly to users, and plug-and-play trackers (like OBDII devices) are really popular on a market.