At 3am local time on September 24th, in Houston, Texas, police swooped on a stolen car which they had located using vehicle tracking technology. In the car they found numerous fake driving licences, counterfeit cheques and two suspects.
After questioning the suspects they were led to a hotel room in which they found a loaded shotgun, a loaded pistol, a hoard of stolen jewelry, stolen computers and a significant amount of money. Further investigations uncovered a burglary ring involving 13 people and two stolen cars. Police said that they would never have caught the suspects had it not been for vehicle tracking.
But tracking vehicle isn’t all about busting open crime syndicates; sometimes it’s just about peace of mind for vehicle owners or fleet managers.
Consider if you were the owner of the stolen car in the story above; if you were, the major narrative would not be the crime ring, nor would it be the hotel room stuffed with stolen goods. No, the major story would be that your car was stolen and, thanks to the clever tech on board, you got it back within hours.
Fleet managers should also use vehicle tracking technology but for reasons other than crime prevention. Although Google’s driverless cars have recently been made road legal in California, it will be a long time before the manager of a logistics company will be able to point autonomous cars to their destination and put their feet up.
Until that day, vehicle trackers will allow managers to keep an eye on their vehicles, and the routes that they’re taking, they’ll let you keep a watch on things like fuel consumption and give you the option of directing your drivers towards other routes in case of congestion.
From major crime prevention to efficient fleet management, tracking vehicles via satellite is a versatile, accessible, available technology option.