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Vehicle Diagnostics module tracks your car (pictures)

Delphi's Vehicle Diagnostics system lets you see location and maintenance information about your car from an app on your smartphone or the Web.

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With the Vehicle Diagnostics module installed in a car, owners can call up this Delphi Web site to check their car's current location and see maintenance and driving alerts.
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Vehicle Diagnostics logs and sends alerts for events such as the engine revving above 4,000 or the car leaving a set geo-fence area.
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The Vehicle Diagnostics app uses the same basic format as the Web site, making it possible to see car information and location while on the go.
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The virtual keyfob lets you unlock the doors, sound the horn, and even start the engine from your phone.
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The system logs each trip for the car, including start and end times, locations, and miles driven.
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More detailed trip information is available for each entry, and users can even see a map of the start and end locations.
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The app shows the same vehicle alerts as the Web site, but neither lets you set custom alerts beyond the geo-fence.
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The app shows where the car was last parked, which could be useful for forgetful drivers.
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The system lets you set simple, circular geo-fences. When the car is driven outside of this range, it sends and alert to the app and Web site.

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