App and Features
The Bouncie mobile app is intuitive and easy to use. It saves trip data so you can review it at your convenience and then either archive or delete it. The app also lets you customize all the different things the GPS tracks:
- Maximum speed
- Rapid acceleration and hard braking
- Driving distance
- Idle time
- Fuel economy
- Speed bands
- Speed Limit Alerts
Bouncie refreshes the GPS location once every 15 seconds during a trip, and we found it to be more accurate and less glitchy than GPS phone tracking apps like Life360. The Bouncie can now tell you if your car went over the legal speed limit. It can also track approximately how fast it was going based on the five color-coded speed band settings. You can customize the speed bands to track whatever speed ranges you set, like green for speeds between 0 and 30 mph. Bouncie can alert you if your vehicle goes faster than a specific speed you choose, but it doesn’t send this information to your phone until after the vehicle is already parked.
What you’ll see on your phone when you’re using the app.
A common complaint with GPS trackers is that the accelerometer that tracks abrupt stops and starts is too sensitive. We like that the Bouncie has three different settings for hard braking and rapid acceleration: light, moderate, and excessive. We kept it on the moderate setting and it performed perfectly.
The vehicle health reports are limited to battery fuel levels (for certain cars), but the battery alert proved to be useful. It alerted me to a low battery when I was waiting for my daughter outside an event and my car was off. Sure enough, when I tried to start my car, it wouldn’t start. Fortunately, the notification from Bouncie gave me enough lead time to round up another vehicle for a jumpstart, and I was ready to go again before my daughter was finished with her event. Had I waited until it was time to leave to start the car, I would have been in for quite the surprise! Bouncie definitely saved the day.
If I hadn’t had been able to find a helping hand that day, I could have clicked the Assistance section of the app and used one of my three free roadside assistance requests included with the Bouncie service for the year. It covers jumpstarts, flat tires, gas, lockouts, and towing.