The Volvo safety device’s tracking function is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can pinpoint a car’s location to within 10 metres.
When a small card is carried by the driver, the tracking system automatically recognises it, and partner Vodafone Automotive is notified immediately if the car is driven without it.
Volvo Car UK has teamed up with Vodafone Automotive to offer a new vehicle tracking accessory to its customers in order to combat vehicle theft and crime. The device, known as the Vodafone Automotive VTS S5, will be available for all Volvo models.
Car owners can use this device to track and recover their vehicle using Vodafone Automotive’s network of secure operating centres, which are open 24 hours a day, as well as the assistance of local police across the United States and 44 other European countries.
The device’s functions are carried out using Internet of Things (IoT) technology.
The device’s tracking feature is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can pinpoint a car’s location to within 10 metres. Drivers can also track their car’s location in real time, check data from previous trips, and get directions to their car using the app, whether they’re walking or driving.
If the car is stolen or driven without the card, the tracking system automatically recognises the small card carried by the driver, and Vodafone Automotive is notified immediately. The device does, however, have some special modes to prevent false alarms. If the car is in a garage or being transported, these can be turned on.
In a theft attempt, the system will detect attempts to tow the car away, tamper with the battery, or cut wires. If the car is stolen, a Vodafone Automotive operator will contact local police to provide a minute-by-minute log of the vehicle’s location, assisting the police in recovering the vehicle and obtaining a conviction. “At Volvo, we’ve always put our customers’ safety first,” said Hanif Jivani, Volvo Car UK’s Accessories Program Manager.