Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System
Porsche is launching an innovative theft protection system for classic vehicles from the 356 to Carrera GT, a similar system is already available for new vehicles. The Porsche Classic Vehicle Tracking System is a tailored GPS-assisted system enabling car owners to monitor their vehicle via a smartphone app, it uses sensors concealed around the vehicle. The device communicates with a security network covering the whole of Europe and will available from spring 2018 onwards at Porsche Classic Partners and Porsche Centres.
Should a vehicle’s battery be disconnected, or if the vehicle is stolen, the app sends an alarm alert to the international security centre and to the customer. If the owner confirms unauthorised access when prompted, the relevant authorities are informed. The security centre uses the integrated GPS sensor to identify the current location or driving route of the vehicle, providing live support to responders in the search for the vehicle. The centre for the country in which the system was purchased maintains contact with the customer throughout the investigation to avoid any language difficulties during a stay abroad.
There is the option to use a wireless command to prevent the engine from being restarted. Furthermore if a customer lends the vehicle to a stranger a ‘geofence’ function can define boundaries that it is not allowed to cross. If they are crossed, the app raises the alarm. A similar function is available for controlling the speed of the vehicle, and a ‘Workshop’ mode allows for the deactivation of the alarm when the battery is removed within a specified time period. The ‘Transport’ mode can be used if the vehicle needs to be transported on a trailer to avoid an alarm alert. A range of model specific options are currently being finalised, such as an optional voltage converter for models featuring a six-volt vehicle electrical system, such as the 356.
Prices are yet to be confirmed by Porsche, but keep an eye on www.porsche.com/Classic for future updates.