Mobile Asset Solutions MT-OBD Live GPS Vehicle Tracker Review

Editor rating

0/5 on January 23, 2017

User's rating

279 reviews

PROS

  • Plugged directly into the OBD port of any car
  • Live GPS tracking
  • Engine code monitoring

CONS

  • Instances when a one-minute service plan updates every 45 minutes

VERDICT

Is still recommendable despite its disadvantages, given that it is easy to install and all the data you need is accessible.

If you own a company, then having a GPS fleet vehicle tracker helps you monitor your vehicles and their drivers. This maximizes your assets effectively reaching customers and clients. It helps lessen fuel waste as well, and improve maintenance practices. If this is what you are looking for, check out Mobile Asset Solutions’ MT-OBD Live GPS Vehicle Tracker.

Features

  • Updates real time GPS every minute with USA-nationwide coverage
  • Requires monthly subscription
  • No installation or software needed
  • Works on vehicles manufactured since 1996
  • Has 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Provides unlimited e-mail and text message alerts for speeding, Geofence, tampering, etc.
  • Allows access from any Internet-enabled device, and is available for Android and iOS apps

Pros

The MT-OBD Live GPS Vehicle Tracker is a tiny GPS tracking device that can be plugged directly into the OBD port of any car. You do not need any tool or wiring in setting it up; simply plug the tracker in, and you are all set to go.

Additionally, this product is used by businesses tracking their vehicles and personnel for verification of employee time sheets, as well as customer billing. Indeed, this GPS Vehicle Tracker gives you peace of mind, especially as a parent, in monitoring your teen drivers or keeping an eye on your elders as you check their location.

What’s more is that you get to easily use live GPS tracking as it automatically starts reporting every time the car is turned on, and continues to report based on your chosen service plan. That is, you can select among three plans, and you can change plans, or cancel anytime too.

Then, just log onto the web portal in order to view live or check the historical tracking anytime of the day. You can access tracking from smartphones, tablets, computers or any other web-enabled devices. Plus, there is no limit on how often you view your trips.

Other things that this product offers are recording every time the ignition is switched on and off. You also have the option to set up unlimited text messages and e-mail alerts. And when it comes to driving behavior, this device can help you monitor this, since knowing how your car is being driven by someone else is as essential as knowing where your car is.

Thus, it can detect aggressive behavior such as rapid acceleration and harsh braking; it can monitor if your car is sitting idly, burning away fuel, and even inform you if your car is being towed.

Another thing you can do is designate any area on the tracking device to trigger an alert. So what happens is that once this product reports in or out of that specific designated area, you receive and e-mail or text message.

You are allowed to set up as many areas as you like since there are no alert limits. Moreover, this tracker simplifies maintenance, using engine code monitoring in alerting you when the check engine light is on. You can also set up reminders for normal tasks such as inspections and oil changes, and track how many miles you have already driven for each trip, day, week, etc.

Cons

There were complaints about the company continuing to bill customers despite their cancellation of the service plan. Others experienced the product to not be working when in a different state, considering that it is supposed to cover USA-nationwide areas. Parents were also unable to check their teens while driving as they could not see the speed and location of the vehicle.

Some customers also found the product to work great only for several months and failed to update according to the service plan chosen. There were instances when a one-minute service plan updates every 45 minutes instead.

The unit needs mobile functionality too, as some users reported that they couldn’t access a Web map using an iPhone. In fact, no mobile site seemed available yet as well as Android or iPhone apps. The only mobile service you may get is text-reporting, so you have no access to maps, map pins, and even coordinates.

Verdict

The MT-OBD Live GPS Vehicle Tracker is still recommendable despite its disadvantages, given that it is easy to install and all the data you need is accessible via any Web browser, like IE, Firefox, Safari and Chrome.

The device also transmits and records speed and location at mostly one-minute intervals. And since this is a real-time tracking device, you need to log into the company’s website, activate the device and there, you can already see the location of your car on Google Maps.

Furthermore, you can set up alerts to be sent to you via text or e-mail when the ignition is turned on or off, when the device is removed and/or placed in a different vehicle and when it is plugged back in, when the driver exceeds the speed limit you designated on the online tool, when the driver accelerates or brakes forcefully and when the driver goes in or out of an area you specified.

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