Manheim deploys car tracking technology on auction sites
Manheim is already well advanced in installing temporary tracking devices inside cars being processed at its auction venues to provide real-time location data on vehicles while they are on. the property.
It is a considerable time saving compared to the previous generation of technology, which only provides the last known location and requires physically scanning the vehicle’s VIN tag to update the system – a time consuming task and a huge inconvenience when it is snowing or raining.
âI have spent many hours over the years looking for cars,â says Patrick Brennan, senior vice president of Manheim-Marketplace. (photo, bottom left). âCars are constantly on the move, from the moment they are registered. “
This means that until recently, location data on a given vehicle only indicated the location of the vehicle the last time someone physically scanned the VIN. If it hadn’t been moved, so much the better – but if it had been moved, which was very likely, the search was on, he explained in a telephone interview.
Manheim’s LotVision uses a GPS device plugged into the vehicle’s on-board diagnostic port, known as the OBD-II port. A vehicle without this port, or some vehicles built before 1996, use a device hung around the mirror, steering wheel or other spot.
LotVision already employs more than 400,000 tracking devices at 49 sites in Manheim and will be operational at 19 additional sites by September 30, according to the company.
In addition to location data, Manheim has a pilot program underway at its auction sites in Atlanta and Dallas to add another upgrade to the location system, which would remotely provide customers with real-time telematics data directly to from the vehicle’s OBD-II port.
Similar to location data, which required scanning the VIN, previous technology provides telematics data that is only as recent as the last time someone physically connected to the OBD-II port and pulled the data out.
Vehicle data includes Diagnostic trouble codes and battery status information. The pilot is expected to run until early September, and this additional information will be available to clients across the country before the end of the year.
âThe more up-to-date the data, the more confidence the owner and potential buyer will have in bidding on this car,â said Brennan. âWe want to provide the most up-to-date information possible. “