UK Volvo drivers of all models can now choose to add the new Vodafone Automotive vehicle tracker, which comes with a raft of other safety features built in.
Using the VTS S5 device, developed by Vodafone Automotive, drivers can monitor their vehicle location to within 10 metres at any time through their mobile. And if the vehicle is stolen, a 24/7 Secure Operating Centre works with police forces in 44 European countries to locate and recover the vehicle.
The device has received Cat S5 approval by regulator Thatcham Research, making it attractive to insurers and potentially driving down costs for the driver.
Connected over the Vodafone network, the device collects journey data, helps drivers with directions back to their car, and even alerts them if the car is started by someone it doesn’t recognise.
Internet of Things (IoT) smart sensors also detect if the car battery is being tampered with or being towed away, alerting the owner and gathering minute-by-minute information to aid police in its recovery.
The IoT tech is powered by Vodafone in partnership with Trinsic Connected Car. Vodafone boasts more than 120m connected devices worldwide.
Nick Gliddon, Vodafone’s UK Business Director, said: “Should you happen to fall victim to vehicle theft, our Stolen Vehicle Tracking technology puts you in the best possible position to locate and recover your car.
“We are delighted that companies like Volvo are using our technology and connectivity to help their customers when they need it most.”
Darren Webb, CEO, Trinsic Limited, said: “Our close and longstanding partnership with both Vodafone and Volvo Car UK continues to keep us at the top of our game, helping us to deliver unique and bespoke IoT services that address our customer’s specific needs. We aim to sit at the centre of customer’s commercial needs and Vodafone’s unbeatable technical capability.
“We are delighted to extend the Trinsic Connected Car programme to provide Volvo Car UK with Vodafone’s Stolen Vehicle Tracking technology and Recovery service, to ensure that the safety and security of our customers comes first.”
Hanif Jivani, Accessories Programme Manager at Volvo Car UK, said: “At Volvo, we have always put the safety of our customers first, and as we move into an increasingly digital world, we know how important the role of technology is in achieving this.
“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.”
Read the full press release here.
*The tracker is priced at £595, including fitting, VAT and a three-year subscription to the stolen vehicle recovery service.