While driving, keeping track of the route you are on is pretty easy now, thanks to the Advanced Navigation System. Now no town remains unknown and getting lost while driving is a rare feat. But what to do when you are out of your car? Can you keep a track of it? Can it drive itself using the GPS to get to your place? Certainly, not an ordinary car if it can!! But, somehow, keeping the track of your precious four wheeler when you are not driving, it is certainly quite an interesting idea. You can also password protect this tracking mechanism, so that not anyone can track it. This highly advanced tracking system is basically a DIY named as “Athena” (Greek Goddess of Navigation) by its innovator. To state simply, Athena is an Arduino based password protected tracking system that discloses the location in terms of latitudes and longitudes. Contrasting to the advanced working it does, Athena is quite easy to make, requiring minimal levels of technical know-how and coding basics.
Apart from the Arduino, major parts of Athena are constituted by a GPS and a GSM add-on that attaches to the Arduino. After wiring and connecting to power sources, you will get a palm sized module which can be enclosed in a box and can be kept anywhere in the car. Since, car tracking is does not depend on the fact that whether the car is switched on or off, it is suggested that you connect it to the car battery for the power. Hence, no power concerns would be there even if someone takes your car for a long journey.
The innovators have designed Athena to be an anti-steal mechanism for the cars. While the factory made car locking systems have been hacked and vehicles have been stolen, installing a device like Athena would definitely calm the owners down and they can know the position of the vehicle anytime and anywhere they want. Like it? Then don’t just plan, make it, but don’t show it to everyone!!
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