Mobile device as a hidden GPS unit

  • permanently placed or hidden phone or tablet in the vehicle
  • automatic auto-recording based on car move or car charger (suitable mainly for cars with the power supply after the engine starts)
  • actual GPS position request from web
  • online vehicle tracking
  • device battery level notification (10, 5, 3, 2, 1 %)

Story from Adam and Thief

Adam had an old Android phone he didn’t use. He decided to use it as a tracking unit that he permanently placed in his car connected to the car charger. One day his car was stolen. What the thief didn’t know was, that the car is being tracked by MyCarTracks. Adam called the police and showed them on MyCarTracks web where his car is parked. The thief was caught and Adams’ car was returned.

  • the cheapest replacement for actual GPS units (GPS logger, black box)
  • ability to use old unused android phone
Settings example
  • The auto recording turned on
  • allow obtaining vehicles current position from the web:
    MyCarTracks app > Menu > Settings > Online tracking & Synchronization > Allow position request – turn ON
  • disable Android PIN request after phone reboot:
    Android Menu > Settings > Location & Security > Setup SIM card lock > Lock SIM card – turn OFF
  • delete the track from the device after successful synchronization with the server:
    MyCarTracks app > Menu > Settings > Online tracking & Synchronization > Delete track after sync – turn ON
  • be sure if your device is still alive:
    MyCarTracks app > Menu > Settings >Online tracking & Synchronization > Notify on low battery – turn ON
  • speed up your GPS fix
  • restrict which apps can access the network with DroidWal (require root permission)

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