In the realm of automotive innovation, Tesla has emerged as a trailblazer, reshaping the landscape of electric vehicles and redefining our expectations for performance and sustainability.
As proud Tesla owners revel in the seamless blend of cutting-edge technology and sleek design, there’s an equally pressing need to ensure the security of these high-tech marvels.
Enter the world of Tesla trackers – an arsenal of advanced solutions designed to safeguard your investment in innovation.
The Rise of Electric Vehicles
Tesla’s rise to prominence has not only been meteoric but has also ushered in a new era of vehicular technology around the world.
With features like Autopilot, Sentry Mode, and TeslaCam, these automotive electric marvels are not just cars; they are intelligent machines equipped with an array of sensors and cameras. However, as with any technological breakthrough, there’s always the looming concern of security.
Tesla owners, cognisant of the need to protect their high-value assets, have turned to a range of sophisticated car trackers tailored to the unique characteristics of electrically powered vehicles.
Let’s delve into the Tesla tracker market to understand the options available for ensuring the safety of your prized possession.
Tesla’s Own Tracking Features
Before exploring the third-party options we offer, it’s crucial to highlight the built-in security features that Tesla vehicles come equipped with.
Tesla’s Sentry Mode, for instance, uses the car’s external cameras to detect potential threats and acts as a deterrent by displaying a message on the centre screen.
Additionally, TeslaCam, which utilises the vehicle’s cameras to record video footage, serves as a valuable tool for post-incident analysis.
While these features are integral to Tesla’s security ecosystem, they may not provide real-time tracking capabilities or recovery options in the event of theft.
Whilst there’s not an actual physical Tesla GPS tracker installed, drivers can track their vehicles through the Tesla app which communicates with the GPS chip inside the car.
This is a useful feature but it’s not a high enough level of security to appease most insurance providers, so you’re going to need something more. This is where third-party Tesla trackers come into play, all available in our store.
Third-Party Tesla Trackers
Given the price of a Tesla, most insurers will request an S5 (or higher) tracker be installed and one that is Thatcham-approved.
Several aftermarket solutions cater specifically to Tesla vehicles, augmenting the built-in security features with advanced tracking capabilities. Here are what we think are the best options.
The SmarTrack S5 D-iD from Global Telemetrics meets Thatcham’s strictest criteria for insurance approval and utilises a whole range of frequencies including GPS, GLONASS, GPRS & GPS tracking technology.
As well as all the features you’d expect from an S5 tracking system (such as geo-fencing, battery backup and European coverage), the S5 D-iD system also gives industry-leading protection against all modern theft methods including key theft, key cloning and relay theft.
The SmarTrack S5+ D-iD also includes an industry-first with remote immobilisation that uses your mobile device as a driver recognition system.
Instead of traditional driver ID tags that come with other systems, the SmarTrack S5+ D-iD uses your smartphone to identify you as the authorised driver of the vehicle.
It’s the most user-friendly and convenient S5 tracking system available for your Tesla or any other car for that matter! Furthermore, your vehicle can be immobilised by the trained staff at the Global Telemetrics 24/7 monitoring centre should the worst happen and the car be stolen.
For many trackers, however technologically advanced they might be, by using equipment bought easily online, criminals can quickly bypass much of your car’s standard security systems.
Step forward the Deadlock Pro from Meta Trak. This is the ultimate connected vehicle security system on the market combining the advanced immobilisation found in their S5 Deadlock product, but with the addition of OBD port immobilisation. A key aspect when it comes to protecting your electric vehicle, Tesla or otherwise.
In addition to this, you also get Meta Trak’s 24/7 vehicle monitoring via their professional NSI-accredited Control Centre to keep your Tesla exactly where you left it.
The Protect and Connect S5 VTS tracker from Vodafone Automotive (formally known as Cobra) gives users access to their proprietary “My Connected Car” smartphone app, which gives you a whole host of features.
As you would expect from a tracker like this, it features include trip history, geofencing, speed alerts and more. In addition to low battery, motion and battery disconnect alerts, the device also provides GPS & GSM blocking alerts.
To meet Thatcham’s strict Category 5 / S5 criteria, the system also includes ADR (Automatic Driver Recognition) tags, which means that the tracking system will disarm when the ADR tag is within proximity of the vehicle and will alert the 24/7 Control Centre if the vehicle is moved without the ADR tag within proximity.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER
When choosing a third-party tracker for your Tesla, it’s essential to consider various factors to ensure compatibility and effectiveness:
Integration with Tesla’s Security System
Ideally, a tracker should seamlessly integrate with Tesla’s existing security features, enhancing rather than duplicating them. This ensures a unified and efficient security ecosystem.
The ability to track your Tesla in real-time is crucial for prompt action in the event of theft. Look for trackers that provide instant location updates through user-friendly mobile apps.
Geofencing allows you to set virtual boundaries for your Tesla. If the vehicle crosses these predefined boundaries, the tracker sends alerts, offering an additional layer of security.
THE CURRENT WINNER
In the ever-evolving landscape of automotive security, Tesla trackers emerge as indispensable tools for safeguarding your investment in innovation.
While Tesla’s native security features lay a solid foundation, third-party trackers provide an extra layer of protection, offering real-time tracking, geofencing and additional functionalities tailored to the needs of Tesla owners and the wider EV owner’s ecosystem.
As the automotive industry hurtles toward a future dominated by electric vehicles, the importance of robust security solutions cannot be overstated.
Whether you opt for Tesla’s built-in features alone or choose to enhance it through a third-party tracker, the goal remains the same: to ensure your Tesla stays in your hands and out of the wrong ones.
Invest in innovation, but do so wisely by fortifying your Tesla with the latest in car tracking technology you get from Infiniti. After all, in the age of intelligent vehicles, it pays to be one step ahead of not only the thieves but in securing the future of transportation.
Whether you own a Tesla or not, our dedicated team is ready to take your call and is available for you to speak to between 9 am – 6 pm, Monday to Friday, on 0330 043 3993. Whatever your car, whatever your budget and wherever you are, we can help you find the best tracker for you.