Before You Buy an OBD Tracking Device, Here’s What You Need to Know

Before You Buy an OBD Tracking Device, Here’s What You Need to Know


Would you like to have an OBD tracking device for your vehicle? The following points will help you to make an informed decision if you are considering choosing a device. This will help you make an informed decision when choosing your next car tracking device. Here are some of the most important things you’ll want to keep in mind when making your choice. By doing this, you will be able to find the device that is right for you.

Is it easy to install the device?

OBD car trackers can be installed on your own or you can hire someone to do it for you. This is one of the first things to consider when adding one to your vehicle. The good news is that most quality trackers are essentially plug-in devices that are easy to install and configure. It is, however, important to take the time to learn a little more about the installation and if you might need an OBD extension cable if your OBD port is near your pedals.


What is the battery drain rate?

The question of whether a car alarm, including an OBD system, will drain a substantial amount of the battery is also something that many people are concerned about. With some of the options on the market, there will be a reliance on the battery to function properly. In fact, when installed, it could mean that there is always a slight, constant strain on the battery, and that can start to wear a battery down over time. When you are choosing one of these OBD trackers, make it a point to learn more about how much of the battery will be utilized with the device. The less power it takes from the battery the better.


Will It Work with Your Vehicle?

Despite the fact that GPS tracking and OBD tracking work with a vast majority of vehicles, this does not guarantee that they will work with all vehicles. Be sure to check with the manufacturer before you start looking for these devices to see if they’re a good fit for you. There are cases when an OBD extension will be required to work with the device, depending on the location of the OBD port. It is possible to move the device to another part of the vehicle so that it will not be in the way or interfere with the pedals.


Make sure your vehicle will fit the tracker you are considering before you buy it. You can find out if it works for your vehicle by entering your make, model, and other information on their website. Choosing an OBD tracker should always be preceded by this step. You do not want to spend money on something you will have to return.


What is it capable of monitoring?

In terms of car security and monitoring, different devices will have different capabilities. It is therefore important that you check to see exactly what types of information will be monitored through the device before making your decision.


Are there any other features it can monitor besides the vehicle’s location? Some of these devices can even monitor driver behavior, including things such as the vehicle’s speed, since they connect to the OBD port. It can be helpful to have access to this information if you share a vehicle with a teenager in your family, for example, so that you can understand how your teen drives.


How Does It Work with Other Electronics?

A car tracking device should also be considered for its ability to integrate with the vehicle and not cause any problems with other electronics inside the vehicle. Obviously, this would be a huge problem. Everything in your vehicle should work smoothly, and you do not want different parts of your electronics to interfere with each other. It is advisable to seek out those devices that have already been tested and certified for proper functioning in vehicles without interfering with electronic systems.


Benefits of Using JM-VL04 Compared to Other OBD Tracking Device


Make sure that you keep all of the above in mind when considering GPS trackers and OBD trackers. You will find that the best option on the market today can provide you with the benefits that you will actually need. Let’s look at some of the most compelling reasons to use JM-VL04.

JM-VL04, a 4G OBD vehicle tracker with rich feature set, and perfectly suitable for vehicle insurance (especially Usage-based insurance), auto finance, and professional fleet management.

First of all, the INS (inertial navigation system) module, which consists of a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope, is adopted on JM-VL04, that means you will be able to obtain the advanced functions of INS on this 4G device, such as INS-aided positioning, precise mileage calculation, and professional driving behavior analysis.

INS-aided positioning:

When your vehicle has entered an area with poor GNSS signal, or without it, the device will automatically switch to INS-aided positioning. In this mode, the device will calculate current position by using a previously determined position and previous motion data sensed by the device, including speed, heading direction, acceleration, linear and angular velocity, etc (a.k.a dead reckoning), and upload new positions to server through network communication, therefore, you can view them on platform and app.

Precise mileage calculation (precision >98%):

By using a unique algorithm, the device can calculate the relative

distance of a very short period by comparing the new position and the previous one based on previous motion data, and gather all the relative distances to form the report of mileage, then upload to server.

Professional driving behavior analysis:

As mentioned above, the device can sense the vehicle velocity, acceleration speed, angular velocity, and more, that’s the cornerstone of driving behavior analysis. This feature can be used for detecting 8 types of typically improper driving behaviors – harsh acceleration, harsh braking, harsh cornering, sudden lance change, collision, skidding, rollover, and roll & pitch, in the case that one of them has been triggered, you will receive instant SMS/platform/app alert.


Moreover, the combination with microphone and speaker is another significant reinforcement for your management. With the built-in microphone, you can listen in the driving cab remotely and, when emergency or special incident is happening, you can record the voice for future evidence. As for the speaker, which is used for reminding drivers to act carefully, will sound human voice (in English) when dangerous driving behaviors have been detected.


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