Live Trac EZ

The Good The LiveViewGPS Live Trac EZ uses your vehicle's OBD connection, a GSM data connection, and a GPS receiver to provide vehicle tracking. Users can monitor vehicle position, speed, ignition state, and fuel level and economy from a map-based Web site. There's no battery to recharge or wires to splice during installation; simply plug in and go.

The Bad We experienced a connectivity issue that may compromise the Live Trac EZ's ability to be used as a vehicle security measure. LiveViewGPS' Web interface isn't the most intuitive that we've tested.

The Bottom Line The Live Trac EZ is one of the simplest GPS vehicle trackers that we've tested, providing plug-and-play monitoring and notifications for a reasonable price.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.3 Overall

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Review

Live Trac EZ

Design
We've reviewed portable GPS tracking devices before. We've also reviewed installed vehicle GPS tracking devices. However, what makes LiveViewGPS' Live Trac EZ interesting are its ease of installation and its level of integration with the vehicle.

The smallish device only measures about 1.8 inches long by 1.5 inches wide by 0.86 inch thick and plugs directly into your vehicle's onboard diagnostics (OBD) port. When plugged in, the EZ only protrudes about 1.5 inches. Depending on where your vehicle's port is located, the Live Trac EZ's low profile will most likely keep it well hidden from casual observers when plugged in. However, I've seen OBD ports located in some odd places (some Volvo vehicles I've driven that put the port right next to the driver's right foot spring to mind) so you'll want to check out your vehicle's port placement to be sure that the EZ won't be in danger of being struck by a swinging leg during driving or entering and exiting the vehicle. In our test vehicle, a 2012 Jaguar XKR-S, the OBD port was located just beneath the dashboard, about where many vehicles locate the hood release lever.

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