Vehicle tracking systems are nothing new, but Chrysler's new system, available through dealers nationwide, offers several additional features designed to console nervous owners, concerned parents, or cautious fleet operators.
Mopar's Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS) is based upon the GPS-based transponders engineered by Guidepoint Systems, and simply plugs into the OBD-II diagnostic port found underneath the dashboard on all modern Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, and Ram vehicles. The base package, which includes the device itself, $1000 in theft warranty, and real-time stolen vehicle tracking, runs $459. Chrysler says this package is transferable to other vehicles, and doesn't require a yearly subscription.
A subscription, however, is required if you're interested in some of the premium EVTS features. The EVTS Silver Plan adds a so-called security fence feature, which allows owners to set speed, distance, and destination boundaries. If a driver exceeds a set limit, the owner is notified of the infraction. An on-board panic button, emergency dispatch service, and 200 uses of EVTS' online tracking feature are also included in the Silver Plan, which runs $149 a year.
For those who desire a little more, the EVTS Gold Plan adds unlimited online tracking, along with a concierge service, which can provide directions, reservations, and other information to the owner. The Gold Package costs $249 a year, but is only initially available if purchased with installation of the EVTS hardware itself.
The EVTS system is compatible with all current (and most recent) Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles, and is currently available at dealerships across the country.