ID.3 Tracker?

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HeidiFlowerpt Driver
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ID.3 Tracker?

Post by HeidiFlowerpt Driver » Fri May 14, 2021 9:53 pm

I've wondered about installing a tracking device in my ID.3.

There's a low cost device called a Tile, but that uses Bluetooth so if your car is stolen it depends on the network of users running the Tile app on their phones to sense the proximity of the stolen car and electronically report it back to you the aggrieved owner.

Alternatively there's the Vodafone Curve, a similarly low cost item which uses GPS and has its own cellular connection so can report its location without help. But it requires a subscription which isn't cheap.

The ID.3 has its own cellular connection, and it has a GPS receiver too. So wouldn't it be cool if it could report its position on the We Connect ID app? And why can't it?!
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by gailjon » Sat May 15, 2021 8:41 am

"And why can't it?!"

I would imagine there would be many, many legal hoops that VW would have to jump through to get that feature onto the app. Just look at the legalese that Apple tracking of the phone.
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by HeidiFlowerpt Driver » Sat May 15, 2021 9:21 am

Good point. Although there's a material difference between Apple tracking their customers via their phones, and VW's customers tracking their cars via their phones...

Vodafone's Curve device tracks whatever you attach it to. They must have overcome the legal hurdles.
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by Kaygee » Sat May 15, 2021 10:25 am

My previous car, a Kia, had the tracking availability on the app, as well as being able to lock the car.
I really don't see the benefit of the ID app telling were you are, your phone, and not the car.
Maybe in time it will change.

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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by scott28tt » Sat May 15, 2021 12:16 pm

Because the We Connect ID is crap, even compared to VW’s We Connect app which other vehicles use.

Pop an Apple Tag in your car for now (assuming you’re an Apple user)
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by HeidiFlowerpt Driver » Sat May 15, 2021 12:25 pm

scott28tt wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Pop an Apple Tag in your car for now (assuming you’re an Apple user)
Sadly, not an Apple user. But I checked out Apple Air Tag, and I think the Tile device works the same so I'll put one of those in the car. Thanks for the tip.
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by HeidiFlowerpt Driver » Sat May 15, 2021 12:30 pm

scott28tt wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 12:16 pm
Because the We Connect ID is crap, even compared to VW’s We Connect app which other vehicles use.
Yes - there's SO MUCH room for improvement in the We Connect ID app, that there's a reasonable expectation that we will see major new features being added in updates as time goes on. At present it feels like it's hardly scratching the surface of its potential. I remember when I first installed it, I could hardly believe it doesn't even remotely lock the car, which I was expecting as one of its most basic functions.
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by Warminster id » Sat May 15, 2021 4:23 pm

Hi
I also was shocked at how bad the app is and what a pain it was to load and authorise it.
As to the tracking question the maps on my iPhone tell me where the car is parked, I’m not sure if it will show where it is if it’s moved with out my knowledge.
If you don’t have iPhone I wonder if it will be the same with google maps if the phone is linked to the car
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by scott28tt » Sat May 15, 2021 8:17 pm

Warminster id wrote:
Sat May 15, 2021 4:23 pm
As to the tracking question the maps on my iPhone tell me where the car is parked, I’m not sure if it will show where it is if it’s moved with out my knowledge.

How does that work? I’ve been out in the car this afternoon, and making use of CarPlay, but just checked Apple Maps on my phone and no sign of my car...
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Re: ID.3 Tracker?

Post by Warminster id » Sat May 15, 2021 8:40 pm

How does that work? I’ve been out in the car this afternoon, and making use of CarPlay, but just checked Apple Maps on my phone and no sign of my car..

Hi
Not sure I’m not very tech minded, as soon as I open maps it comes up under Siri suggests, as parked car and the location
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