No Fee GPS Tracker For Car
Best GPS Data Logger Review
The Driving Activity Reporter is a small passive GPS data logger that is basically a recorder of vehicle driving history. The tracking system, which is about the size of a large package of chewing gum, is marketed toward law enforcement, businesses, and consumers. The function of the Driving Activity Reporter is simple, to open the door to the unknown driving habits and behaviors of others. Selling for only $199.00, the Driving Activity Reporter is one of the most economical GPS receivers on the market, making it ideal for an extensive in-depth product review.
Upon receiving the Driving Activity Reporter we were first impressed with the GPS tracking system’s compact design and overall aesthetic appearance. The Driving Activity Reporter came in a retail packaging blister pack that gives users a convenient place to store the GPS tracker when they are not using it, and the software installation disc was included. The packaging also indicated that the manufacturer provided lifetime technical assistance for free. Although the GPS car tracking system appeared very user-friendly, having free technical support does provide the user with a sense of security that help is only a phone call away.
Using The Driving Activity Reporter
After following the instructions provided in the Driving Activity Reporter’s quick start manual we felt very comfortable beginning the testing process. To start we removed the battery compartment door on the GPS tracker and inserted the required 2 AAA batteries to provide a power source. The vehicle tracking system was not designed with an on/off switch, but rather a motion sensor that automatically powers up and powers down the GPS tracker whenever the unit begins to move. This feature is great since most people only drive for approximately 1-2 hours a day, allowing users to extend and get the most out of the GPS system’s battery life. Once the batteries were inserted we placed the Driving Activity Reporter in the testing car, hiding the tracking device under the passenger side seating area.
The testing car drove for approximately 3 hours with the Driving Activity Reporter inside recording and documenting the voyage. Random stops were made at different times, and fluctuating speeds were driven to test the tracking system’s accuracy. After the testing process concluded the Driving Activity Reporter was pulled from the car and plugged into a computer via USB port so the GPS tracking data could be reviewed for accuracy.
It should be noted that the downloading process was very simple since the Driving Activity Reporter did not require any cables, external antennas, or wiring apparatuses. The user needed only to remove the USB cap and plug the GPS tracking system itself into the computer’s USB portal.
Reviewing GPS Tracking Data
When the data from the Driving Activity Reporter was downloaded we were given 3 different options for viewing the tracking system data:
- Over the satellite image program Google Earth
- Over a LandAirSea digital street mapping program.
- In a driving activity text report that breaks down travel history.
The manufacturer of the Driving Activity Reporter recommended that the GPS tracking data be viewed over Google Earth, but all 3 of the viewing methods were reviewed. The Google Earth program gave the most visually stimulating record of the vehicle travel history, providing detailed pop-up boxes that showed address arrived, time, and duration of the stop. Stops were clearly visible and easy to view. Of all the 3 viewing options available the Google Earth program was by far the most captivating.
Next, the digital street mapping program was used to view the GPS tracking data. The first thing the user will notice when viewing the car tracker with no monthly fee data over this program is that it appears a little out-dated. The mapping program literally looks like a digital version of a standard road map, but there is a vehicle driving on it with a speedometer on the right-hand side. The great thing about this feature is the user can see how fast a person was driving at a particular point. This would be great for parents of teen drivers who believe their kid may be driving faster near school grounds, trying to impress their peers.
The activity text report option breaks down every stop a driver made, addresses arrived/departed, and the stop duration. The report breaks the GPS tracking system data down by days in what is called a “Daily Driving Report”. This method of viewing is great for calculating mileage driven for businesses.
Driving Activity Reporter Accuracy
The Driving Activity Reporter recorded everywhere the testing car went and stopped with astonishing accuracy. The GPS tracking system recorded the exact parking spaces the vehicle was stopped at and even picked up some donuts the testing crew was doing in the company parking lot. This was amazing because the GPS tracking system was not placed in an area with a clear line of sight like what many GPS navigation systems require. Other placement options the manufacturer suggests for the Driving Activity Reporter include:
- Front Dashboard Placement
- Rear Dashboard Placement
- Side Pockets Of Vehicle
- Center Console
- Under Vehicle Seats
- Under The Car
The Driving Activity Reporter has a magnetic mount that gives users the option to place the vehicle tracking system underneath the car. This is helpful for people who want to be covert such as a law enforcement agency.
The Bottom Line
For $169.00 the Driving Activity Reporter is an excellent buy for any consumer or business!