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GPS Mileage Tracker

Apr
11
2008

It is the thick of tax season which leaves a lot of people wondering if they remembered to record the mileage of all their deductible miles. If you are a GPS owner you might be thinking that it would handy if your navigation system could do it for you. Some devices, such as the NAVIGON 7100 offer a feature where you can record logs and attach “reasons” for the trips that can be exported to Excel. Now there is a dedicated GPS device built specifically to track mileage, the Vulocity Mileage Logger.

The concept is pretty simple, put it in your car, turn it on when you are driving on a business trip, and the GPS will automatically keep track of the miles you drive. The system takes the concept of a tracklog recorder one step further by using a cellular radio to transmit your logs automatically to the Vulocity servers. You can then login to your account to review the miles, run reports, and view maps of where you’ve been.

What isn’t so simple is the price. The GPS receiver/logger itself costs $250 and the monthly service charges are $15/month for logging and $20/month if you want logging plus live tracking capability. So for one year of service the minimum cost is $430. At that price I’d rather pickup a simple GPS tracklog recorder for about $60 and export the data myself. However if you forget thousands of miles of logs each year, you might find it more valuable.

10 Responses


  1. GPS log tracking is a primary feature that I am interested in. The Navigon 7100 doesn’t seem to be of interest to me though, what other GPS devices have this feature, and/or where can I find a track log recorder?

    Stu - June 20th, 2008
  2. Stu – What is your goal for the device? Is there anything you want it to do besides record a tracklog?

    Tim - June 20th, 2008
  3. Like Stu, I’m primarily interested in GPS log tracking. As a CPA, this feature makes a GPS a useful, tax-deductible tool for someone (my Clients) who drives around their hometown, epecially the same routes, over & over, i.e. someone who isn’t going to get lost but could REALLY use a log of their trips.

    To me, this feature would make a GPS a MUST Buy for many people.

    How can I find reviews of this feature in GPS units? Or where can I find reviews of track log recorders (and what are they and how are they different from the GPS unit themselves?)

    Mike - June 22nd, 2008
  4. Mike, I’d checkout something like this.

    Tim - June 23rd, 2008
  5. Thanks, Tim!

    Mike - June 23rd, 2008
  6. I would use this if it was tied in to my system some way to where when I started my car a voice would ask me is this a business trip or personal trip. I could then push the appropriate button or better yet speek either business/personal. For me remembering to turn yet another device on…that is not going to happen I might as well resort to the old log book my CPA has been trying to get me to use for years. I too think your price is a bit out of line for what you get. I think either Garmin or Tom Tom will come out with a product that I mentioned

    Jim - March 22nd, 2009
  7. Hey,

    I am using this tool on http://www.quino.ca as my mileage tool. The software behind it is key to it being useful. Different filters can be set and the data can be exported into Excel with a personalized company header!

    Works great!

    Philipp

    Philipp - May 1st, 2009
  8. I’ve been using GiSTEQ Tripbook for my personal mileage logging. It comes with a USB logging stick and a mileage management software. I could export everything into excel for my report. Works like a charm!

    Jim - June 3rd, 2009
  9. Hi Jim,

    Can you provide some more info? Does it use google earth for overviews? Can you configure personal columns?

    Thanks,

    PHilipp

    philipp - June 3rd, 2009



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