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Chrysler Joins The 21st Century, Launches Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System

Posted in Car Accessories, Car Tech, Cars, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Police, Safety by Kurt Ernst | September 29th, 2010 | 4 Responses |
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For years, GM vehicles have come with the OnStar system to track stolen cars, dispatch help in emergencies, unlock doors remotely and even give subscribers turn by turn directions on request. Ford’s chimed in with their Synch system, which provides a similar suite of services, though it relies more heavily on onboard technology than human operators. Chrysler, it appeared, was the last of the U.S. big three automakers to join the technology revolution, but join it they have with the recently announced Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System.

At the most basic level, the EVTS will provide owners with stolen vehicle tracking services and a $1,000 theft protection warranty. Step up to the Silver plan, and the $149 annual fee gets you “Security Fence”, which allows you to receive text messages when your car exceeds a predetermined speed or goes beyond a preset range, making it an ideal tool to monitor beginning drivers. The Silver plan also gets you trip arrival and departure information, trace maps of a vehicle’s history, 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, automatic theft notification, and OnCall, which acts as a panic button for drivers in distress.

The Gold plan includes all the features of the Silver plan, but adds unlimited online vehicle tracking and an operator assisted concierge service for things like turn-by-turn directions, finding nearby restaurants or shops, and the ever helpful “I forgot my wife’s birthday please send flowers” phone call. The Gold plan will set you back $249 annually.

Any Chrysler vehicle with a 16 pin data port connector can take advantage of the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, which sells for $459 not including installation. If I remember correctly, that’s less money than Lojack for a whole lot more functionality. Interested? See you Chrysler / Dodge / Jeep dealer for more details.

Source: 4 Wheels News

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4 Responses

  1. turbosrt says:

    Something about Onstar and systems like it make me feel uneasy. I dont like the idea of someone else having certain controls over MY vehicle. It seriously makes me feel like a violation of my freedom. How long before these systems are used against their owners. “Whats that? Insurance wont pay for your hurt car because OnStar stated you were going 5mph over the limit when the drunk crashed into you?” or “Wow OnStar gave the location of an ex wife to an off duty Police Officer so he could find her and beat the shit out of her for devorcing his abusive ass” or “If the OnStar system fails does your vehicle cease to function as well?” I could go on and on.

  2. Kurt says:

    Turbosrt, I hear you. Add another one to the list – you do a track day and suddenly your warranty is void because OnStar shows you “took part in a competitive event”.

    Worse yet, you’re on a track and braking hard for a sweeping left hander. The OnStar operator dials you to see if everything is OK, since your car just registered a -1 G load. The distraction causes you to miss your turn in, which causes you to crash.

    I could go on and on, but we’re on the same page. Sometimes, technology isn’t your friend.

  3. turbosrt says:

    Thanks for the backup. Only a matter of time before Toyotas faults will affect the whole industry as well. I smell black boxes in every car in the future at the cost to the owner as well as throttle override so no more powerbraking and drifting techniques. LOL and I thought traction control was bad.

  4. Kurt says:

    Turbosrt, not to be Captain Bringdown, but the whole Toyota unintended acceleration debacle has already impacted the industry. Have you driven a new GM crossover, truck or SUV lately? Pedal placement is ridiculously exaggerated, and you now have to lift your right foot several inches (and roll on your heel, of course) to apply the brake. Sure, this may help to prevent confusion between brake and gas, but it also increases the amount of time needed to brake for those of us who know how to drive. Fortunately, their performance oriented products (Camaro, Cadillac CTS-V, etc.) haven’t gone to clown pedals yet.

    Get used to the new reality, of building cars for the lowest common denominator.