The tracking device fitted on many Aston Martin’s was built by a company called Autotext, a rather clever device that could be connected to your phone via Bluetooth rather than carrying the slightly cumbersome ADR (automatic driver recognition) tags with you. This Category 5 unit, was fitted on the production line from 2005 until 2013, when Aston changed over to Vodafone/Cobra.
However, these Autotext units, also known as Eurowatch (they were the independent monitoring centre, who Trackstar still use), did have their issues. Often, they will disconnect from the mobile network and cannot be resurrected. Another issue was that the components inside would break down and cause the car to stay awake quickly flattening the battery, if they completely broke down, then ultimately this would cause the car to fail to start. This is one of the requirements of a CAT 5 tracking system, the ability to inhibit the starter, but preferably not when the car hasn’t been stolen!
Insurance Approved Trackstar CAT5 system has a unique wireless tag paired to the tracking device. If this tag is not present, the system sends an alarm when the car is driven away. The monitoring centre will then attempt to call the driver or owner to verify if there is a theft situation, and track the car.
This process is designed to address ‘key theft’ and ensures that the police are notified at the earliest opportunity.
The tracker, once activated, pinpoints the location of a stolen vehicle every 20 seconds. If your vehicle is moved illegally it’s located using the Global Positioning System (GPS) in your Trackstar vehicle tracking unit. If your vehicle is moved without the use of its keys outside of its geofence, the unit will notify the alarm response centre and they will contact you immediately.
Trackstar is the only Jaguar, Land Rover, Range Rover and BMW approved Stolen Vehicle Tracking & Recovery product. We have used them on Aston Martin for many years.
Annual subscription £198
3 Year subscription £549
The video below is of one fitted to a Rolls-Royce Ghost: