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Weekend of April 24, 2020 – Hour 1

Tech News and Commentary

Dave and the team discuss IFA Berlin’s new 2020 plans, a space launch from the US, Google Assistant’s sensitivity setting, Netflix’s shares hitting an all time high, Google Meet improvements, and more.

Laurie in Brunswick, Georgia listens on WBQO 93.7 FM and asked: “I’m trying to find a car tracker. I have a Dodge Caravan and looking for a tracking device that I can purchase.”

Laurie, there are a few options in the market which range from basic to pretty advanced.

We’ve used Viper’s SmartStart systems, some of which come with GPS tracking and they’ve always worked well. In terms of cost, for example a plug-in Viper Connect will cost you $150.

This particular model requires no installation, you just plug it into your car’s OBD port and you’re done. It does require a service plan, there are several of those each with different capabilities, a plan with GPS tracking will cost around you $10/month.

There are several other Viper modules, but most will require either a professional installation or a professional installation and another component, so you will get more functionality out of them (remote start, remote door and trunk opening, bluetooth unlocking, and so forth) but you will have to spend more money upfront.

It’s also worth checking with your current cell phone service provider. For example, T-Mobile offers a similar device they call SyncUP Drive that costs around $100 and $10/month and also comes with a hotspot with 2GBs of data and free roadside assistance from Allstate. That plan has been on sale for as low as $2/month.

AT&T’s version has been as low as $5/month (though without the WiFi hotspot, if you care). Verizon’s Hum is $15/month, also with roadside assistance and features like speed monitoring, which may appeal to you if you have other drivers in your household.

Some other options are Linxup, Automatic, or Optimus.

Linxup is about $22 a month, free device if you agree to a three month contract. The company gives two options to either plug in or wire in the device. The service allows customers to track the car’s location, maintenance for the car, and driver’s reports, among other features.

Automatic is $99 for the device and a $5 subscription with full benefits such as real time tracking, roadside assistance, and cashless toll payment processing.

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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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