3 myths about vehicle tracking debunked

Years ago, the technology was unheard of. Now, it’s the thing which keeps the logistics industry ticking over (and others, for that matter).

In short, vehicle gps tracking is a huge business. At the same time, its growth has perhaps created a few misconceptions which are starting to confuse the general public. The nature of these devices means that concerns are rightfully always going to exist, but there’s no doubt that some myths have arisen which are blighting the use somewhat.

Bearing this in mind, we will now take a look at some of the top myths that are hindering vehicle tracking devices, and really distorting each industry that takes advantage of them.

Myth #1 – It’s just like Big Brother

Let’s start with the myth that everyone fears the most. There have been movies, documentaries and everything else about how we are all being monitored – so it almost stands to reason that these same concerns can exist when it comes to a topic like vehicle tracking.

Fortunately, they needn’t exist. It’s worth remembering that the devices charged with tracking the vehicle are only connected to the vehicle. In other words, they aren’t linked to your phone. This is significant when you consider the fact that your phone can’t be tracked as a result of this. It means that while the vehicle’s movements can be tracked all of the time, as soon as you step out of it you are no longer tracked.

Myth #2 – It’s a waste of a drivers time

In some historic cases, this might be true. When they were first released onto the scene, drivers were given responsibility on initiating the system every time they embarked on a drive. Now, such instructions don’t necessarily need to be followed.

A lot of these devices are automatically plugged in to the vehicle. This means that they will automatically start as soon as the journey starts, and the driver doesn’t lose any time as a result of this.

Again, this is a significant point and means that businesses aren’t going to be losing money through their drivers taking longer to complete journeys.

Myth #3 – The performance and warranty of the car will be affected

This is another one of those myths that could really wreak havoc with a business. In the case of the performance, a vehicle that’s not as efficient is going to cost significantly more to run in an industry such as logistics where it’s constantly on the road. In the case of the warranty, the financial implications completely speak for themselves.

Again, it’s a complete fabrication though. The devices can use the vehicle’s energy, but this usage is exceptionally low and most are programmed to turn off when the vehicle is in motion. At the same time, some companies will use devices which aren’t directly connected to the vehicle, which has obvious performance benefits.

As for the warranty, law changes over the last few years do not permit vehicle manufacturers from voiding a warranty due to an addition to the vehicle – as long as it hasn’t directly caused the fault in question.