Vehicle Telematics

Apple AirTags, does it compete with vehicle tracking device?

AirTags are small, circular devices that can be attached to any item and tracked using the Find My app on an iPhone. They use Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband technology to communicate with nearby Apple devices and relay their location to the owner. AirTags are designed to help users find their lost or misplaced items, such as keys, wallets, backpacks, and more.

AirTags praised for their ease of use, long battery life, and wide network of devices that can help locate them. Some users have reported successfully using AirTags to recover their stolen cars, bikes, and other belongings. By placing an AirTag somewhere in the car, such as under the seat, in the glove box, or in the trunk, they can track the car’s location if it is stolen.

AirTags have advantages like they are cost-effective, with a single tag priced at $29 and a four-pack available for $99. Secondly, they are discreet and difficult to detect, making them ideal for hiding in various locations within a car. They operate silently without emitting any sound or light. They do not require a SIM card or cellular connection to function, making them challenging for thieves to locate or disable. Additionally, AirTags utilize Ultra Wideband technology for enhanced accuracy, allowing them to precisely pinpoint their location. Furthermore, they can provide directional feedback to the owner through the iPhone’s camera, accelerometer, and gyroscope.

AirTags have some limitations and drawbacks, including the need for an iPhone or iPad to use them. There’s also the risk of privacy invasion and the possibility of interference. Moreover, AirTags rely on Bluetooth signals, which may not be as accurate or reliable as GPS signals.

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