Car tracking system for commercial use - is this already present ?

Hello Guys,

I'm wondering is there a ready-made solution to track your car ?

i.e. implant some sort of system (GPS or otherwise), and you would basically be able to know where your car is over the internet ? Perhaps also provide information about the car journey or the speed of the car or do statistics, etc

The solution would provide the position of the car using GPS or via internet. Security and encryption from device-to-website is a big concern.

I'm NOT looking to buy such solution, I'm hoping to make it as a university year-long project, and am just wondering if this solution is already present ?

Please advise.

Thanks
heibaAsked:
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Ray PaseurCommented:
I believe there is an iPhone app for that.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
Yep, a Google search for "iPhone location tracking" returns lots of good stuff.  UPS has had this capability for its trucks for many years.  This article looked very interesting:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-trace-a-mobile-phone-location-with-google-latitude/
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heibaAuthor Commented:
@Ray_Paseur

Thank you for your help and answer. This is useful, but I'm asking about a car.

let me simply the question, if you have a car, and you want to know where the car is, say if it got stolen, Is there some sort of device that you can implant in your car which can send the location of the car to a website/machine where you can access and know where the car is ?
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mlmccCommented:
I believe there are rental car companies using such systemsand some threaten to charge extra if you are caught going out of a defined area or using the car recklessly like speeding.

mlmcc
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heibaAuthor Commented:
@mlmcc

OK, so this for co-orperate use, but it's not for normal user (like me and you) use, is it ?
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mlmccCommented:
I don't know.  I just read about it in an internet article on how rental car companies are tracking their cars.

I have also read about units that can be added to allow parents to do thesame thing.

mlmcc
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heibaAuthor Commented:
@mlmcc

Thank you for your help and info. Can you please elaborate more about those units which parents could use please ? This is essential for me to know about.
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mlmccCommented:
I really can't  Again just read about them on the internet

mlmcc
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heibaAuthor Commented:
@mlmcc

Thanks, no worries.

Any other answers guys ? Really need more input!
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mlmccCommented:
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steveoskhCommented:
There are many many systems to do this.  Most of them are subscription based.

Real update through satalite or cellular connection.  Shows real time tracking in application or the web.  Generally the most expensive options.

Offline tracking where the unit has a GPS and records location data.  This data is then downloaded later directly from the unit or with blue tooth.  These are generally sold as SPY or covert units.  Small and magnetic attached to car.

Offline tracking with connection to car data.  Has GPS as well as connection to ODB11(?) port that allows it to log speed, mileage, braking, etc.  Generally sold as a way to monitor use an for maintenance.  Could be online or offline.

Other systems like Lojack are targeted at theft recovery.

Good luck on your project.
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akahanCommented:
This is EXACTLY what you're describing:

http://www.brickhousesecurity.com/gps-gsm-tracker.html

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heibaAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys, I surrender, it is already done and I don't think it needs any development from me lol. Gonna make my project in a different subject
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