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Chrysler offers new Mopar vehicle tracking system

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Chrysler offers new Mopar vehicle tracking system

Alisa Priddle / The Detroit News

A new accessory from Mopar, the Electronic Tracking System, will help owners of Chrysler Group LLC vehicles locate stolen vehicles and can alert parents if the teen who borrowed the car was speeding.

"Mopar's new tracking system provides vehicle owners the peace of mind that comes with always knowing where their vehicle is located," said Pietro Gorlier, chief executive of Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care.

"And if someone else is driving their vehicle too fast or too far, the system can be enabled to send them a text," Gorlier said.

Mopar is partnered with Guidepoint Systems, which offers dispatch and concierge services.

The $459 device, which fits in the palm of your hand, is mounted behind the dash so it is hidden. Once installed (which costs extra) it acts as a GPS-enabled stolen vehicle recovery system that offers nationwide tracking.

The system is available for all Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles equipped with the necessary data port.

There is no subscription fee for the base plan that offers vehicle locator and tracking services and a $1,000 theft protection warranty that serves as a $1,000 deductible if the service cannot find your stolen car.

Upgrading to the silver plan, which has a $149 annual fee, allows owners to call Guidepoint and set top speeds and distances. The owner receives a text if the limits are exceeded, a handy feature for a parent or fleet owner. There is also automatic theft notification and a panic button on the instrument panel that notifies the dispatch system, which has 24-hour emergency service.

The gold plan, at $249 a year, offers unlimited online tracking and full concierge service.

The services are similar to General Motors Co.'s OnStar system but Guidepoint operates via the owner's cell phone. OnStar's call system is imbedded in the vehicle.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100927/AUTO01/9270365/1148/auto01/Chrysler-offers-new-Mopar-vehicle-tracking-system#ixzz10jmoun7a

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MOPAR LAUNCHES ONSTAR-RIVALING ELECTRONIC VEHICLE TRACKING SYSTEM

By Drew Johnson

Chrysler’s Mopar parts division has announced the launch of a new tracking system that aims to compete with General Motors’ OnStar system. Dubbed Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS), the system is now available through authorized Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealers.

Compatible with Chrysler vehicles with a 16-pin diagnostic data port, the system consists of a small GPS unit that plugs in behind the vehicle’s dashboard. The system costs $459 – not including installation – and offers nationwide vehicle GPS tacking at no extra charge.

Two step-up plans are also available, putting EVTS on par with GM’s OnStar. For an annual fee of $149, EVTS buyers can upgrade to Mopar’s Silver plan, which includes “Security Fence” (a feature that lets owners set speed and distance parameters for that vehicles), text alerting when Security Fence is broken, arrival/departure information, maps of the vehicle’s past locations, 24/7 emergency dispatch services, automatic theft notification and OnCall, which acts as an on-board panic button.

If you want even more out of EVTS, a Gold plan is also on offer for $249/year. Including all of the features of the Silver package, the Gold plan adds unlimited online vehicle tracking and a full concierge service that allows for directions to be sent right to the vehicle. Using the EVTS services requires the use of a registered cell phone.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/mopar-launches-onstar-rivaling-electronic-vehicle-tracking-system.html

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Mopar gets into the vehicle tracking / parental tattletale business

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Sep 28th 2010 at 6:00PM

Mopar, the motor parts division of Chrysler, has enjoyed a nice long run providing parts and accessories for the entire Pentastar family. Whether you own a muscle car or a muscular off-roader, the Mopar catalog has you covered. Now it's venturing into a new arena with the launch of the Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, or EVTS.

A vehicle is not an inexpensive asset and it's smart to want to protect it. The EVTS allows you to do just that. There are three plans available – Base, Silver and Gold. Each offers an increasing level of protection and service. The Base plan features a GPS vehicle locator, real-time tracking if your vehicle is stolen and a $1,000 theft-protection warranty. Silver ups the ante by including text-based alerts for parents. If a set speed limit or distance cap is exceeded, the owner gets a text message ("OMG, Billy juz hit 107 mph! Hez gonna get spanked, LOL!!!"). In addition to the warning alerts, the Silver plan provides arrival and departure notices, a map of locations visited, an available 24/7 emergency service contact, automatic theft notification and an on-board panic button. The top-tier Gold plan has all of those features but adds unlimited online tracking and a concierge service. The concierge allows the owner to call for directions, make reservations and assistance for other personal queries.

The Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System starts at $495, not including installation. The Silver and Gold plans require an additional yearly subscription priced at $149 and $249, respectively. Quite wisely, Mopar built the system to be transferable and upgradeable. Check out the press release after the jump for more details.

[source: Chrysler]

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Mopar® Introduces Electronic Vehicle Tracking System

*If Vehicle is Driven Too Fast or Too Far, System Sends a Text

* Mopar® Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS) helps locate stolen vehicles, features nationwide tracking

* Available in three packages: Base, Silver and Gold

* Silver plan allows owners to set speed and distance parameters; owners receive text alerts when limits are exceeded, perfect for fleet owners or worried parents

* Gold plan offers unlimited online tracking and full concierge service

* Mopar EVTS starts at $459

Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dude, where's my car? With Mopar's new Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, owners will know.

"Mopar's new tracking system provides vehicle owners the peace of mind that comes with always knowing where their vehicle is located," said Pietro Gorlier, President and Chief Executive Officer – Mopar Service, Parts and Customer Care. "And if someone else is driving their vehicle too fast or too far, the system can be enabled to send them a text."

Mopar's system is powered by Guidepoint Systems, the leader in GPS-enabled stolen vehicle recovery systems. Unlike other vehicle tracking systems, the Mopar EVTS offers nationwide tracking without a subscription. The system is available on Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck vehicles and vehicles with a 16-pin diagnostic data port.

The Mopar EVTS is offered in three packages: Base, Silver and Gold. The Base plan offers a GPS stolen-vehicle locator, real-time GPS stolen-vehicle tracking and a $1,000 theft-protection warranty. The system is transferable and upgradeable, with no subscription fees.

For added protection and service, owners may choose a Silver or Gold plan. The Silver plan includes "Security Fence," a feature that allows owners to set speed and distance parameters for their vehicles. If and when set parameters are exceeded, a text alert is sent to the EVTS registered owner.

Other vehicle monitoring features available in the Silver plan include arrival/departure notification, historic trace maps of a vehicle's past locations, 24/7 emergency service dispatch, automatic theft notification, online tracking and OnCall,™ an on-board panic button.

The Gold plan includes all of the features in the Silver package along with unlimited online tracking and a full concierge service, allowing vehicle owners to receive directions, make reservations and receive other needed assistance at the touch of a button using the EVTS registered owner's cell phone.

Both Silver and Gold packages are available as a one-year, renewable service plan. The Gold Service Plan is available only at the time of activation. Optional service plans do not require additional hardware or installation charges.

The Mopar Electronic Vehicle Tracking System is currently available as a Mopar accessory at Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram dealers.

Mopar EVTS Base Plan

* GPS stolen-vehicle locator service

* Real-time GPS stolen-vehicle tracking

* $1,000 theft protection warranty

* Transferable

* Upgradeable

* Part number: 82212457

* MSRP: $459 (does not include installation)

Mopar EVTS Silver Plan

* E-Call 24/7 emergency service dispatch

* Security Fence

* Automatic theft notification

* OnCall™ (on-board panic button)

* Excessive speed notification

* Arrival/Departure notification

* Historic trace maps of vehicle's past location

* Online tracking (200 per year)

* Part number: 82212459

* Annual Fee: $149 (one-year service, renewable)

Mopar EVTS Gold Plan (available only at time of installation)

* E-Call 24/7 emergency service dispatch

* Security Fence

* Automatic theft notification

* OnCall™ (on-board panic button)

* Excessive speed notification

* Arrival/Departure notification

* Historic trace maps of vehicle's past location

* Online tracking (unlimited)

* Full concierge service

* Annual Fee: $249 (one-year service, renewable)

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

* Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers

* Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers

* Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format

* FLO TV: first to offer live, mobile television

* WiFi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot

* WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/09/28/mopar-gets-into-the-vehicle-tracking-parental-tattletale-busin/

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