Volvo to offer Vodafone GPS Vehicle Tracker to Slash Insurance Costs

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Volvo said its Car in UK is providing its customers with extra security and safety of their car with the introduction of a new vehicle tracking accessory.

The Vodafone Automotive VTS S5 is available now for all Volvo models.

The device has received Cat S5 approval in testing by Thatcham Research, certification which may help car owners secure reductions in their insurance premiums or allow them to take advantage of specific insurance products for their car. The tracking device uses Internet of Things (IoT) technology, provided in partnership by Vodafone and Trinsic Connected CarTM.

The company said its tracking function works round the clock and can pinpoint a car’s location down to 10 metres. Using the associated app, drivers can also monitor their car’s location in real time, check data on previous journeys and obtain directions to their car, whether they are walking or driving.

The system automatically recognises a small card carried by the driver; Vodafone Automotive is notified immediately if the car is stolen or is driven without the card being present. To prevent false alerts, special modes can be activated if the car is at a garage or being transported. The system will also detect attempts to tow the car away, tamper with its battery or cut wires in a theft attempt. If the car is stolen, a Vodafone Automotive operator will contact local police services to give a minute-by-minute log of the car’s location – providing valuable intelligence in helping the police secure the recovery of the car and a conviction.

Hanif Jivani, accessories programme manager at Volvo Car UK, said: “ Vodafone Automotive’s stolen vehicle recovery service will help us protect our customers and keep them reassured that their car is fitted with the highest standards of security in the industry.”