Auto Tracking Option
Disadvantages over other Auto Tracking Options
Setup /Options Required
MagicTrip monitors your speed in the background and kicks in as 1-2 minutes of driving and shuts off after you have been idle for 5 minutes.
Easy setup and runs in the background to track and record your trips.
It can have higher battery usage and could possibly track you any time you are moving over 5mph or 8km, e.g., as a passenger, jogging, or bicycling.
Requires the location permission and app to be open in the background on the device.
TripLog Drive™ is a dedicated mileage tracking device built specifically for solving issues with iOS and Android stopping background running apps. The built-in GPS saves your phone battery and data. Classify trips with a physical button/indicator. Perfect for serious drivers and those concerned about privacy, security, and reliability.
Zero battery and data consumption on the phone classify trips with a push of a button, most accurate and least intrusive to your phone, and with the built-in storage, you will never miss a mile even your phone is not available.
Higher upfront cost than other options, but by eliminating the limitations and frustrations of app-based mileage tracking, makes it all worth it.
Requires additional hardware device. It can be purchased here TripLog Drive.
TripLog Beacon is a Bluetooth Nearby technology developed by Apple for close-range detection. Simply insert one into your car’s USB port. Mileage tracking will start upon detecting your TripLog Beacon and stop when you leave your car.
Minimum battery consumption, a quick response to your movement, auto classifies which car you are driving, and reliable (even if your phone restarts).
Some car models continue to give power to their USB ports even when they are turned off, causing difficulty in determining when trips start and stop, e.g., Ford F150 and similar classes.
Requires additional hardware device. It can be purchased here: TripLog Beacon.
Mileage tracking starts after you drive over 5mph while connected to your car’s Bluetooth. Your trip automatically stops when you get out of the car and disconnect from its Bluetooth.
Moderate battery consumption, a quick response to your movement, and auto-classifies which car you are driving.
Bluetooth connection may get interrupted when using other Bluetooth headsets or speakers.
Requires the vehicle or dedicated Bluetooth connection to be set up in the vehicle to be tracked.
Designed for gig economy drivers working in rideshare, grocery, food, and package delivery. When a gig app is open and you start driving, the app will automatically start tracking. After you are idle for more than 5 minutes, the trip will be stopped.
Low battery consumption. Only turns on when you are engaging with your gig work.
May falsely start trips when you are not driving, but the app will automatically delete them afterward.
Need to select the app to associate with the connection and ensure both are open to activate.
Mileage tracking starts when you plug your phone into your car charger and go over 5mph. Unplug to stop the trip.
Battery drain is not an issue. Easy use for people who have a habit of charging their phone while they drive.
Only works if you remember to plug in your phone.
Requires the use of a charger/power supply in the vehicle
Manually start and stop your trips within the app or using its widgets.
You have complete control when you start and stop trips.
You need to remember to start and stop the app’s mileage tracking.
Nothing additional is required. Trips can be started with another autostart selected.