Chris Wright, managing director of Leeds-based firm cap hpi, recently had his Jaguar XF taken from outside his home in Rawdon.
After reporting the theft to the police, he realised that an automotive app already being trialled on his mobile could help the investigation.
The app, called Digital Garage, gives users instant access to a wealth of information relating to their cars – including location data retrieved from on-board diagnostics systems.
And, after handing over the relevant details to the police, Chris was quickly reunited with his vehicle.
He told Digital City: “I could see the exact time the car was taken from my property and where it had been taken to and parked.
“It also tracked the route the thieves had taken and what speeds they were going.
“The data even informed me that at 2.44am the top speed reached was 92mph and that £1.08 worth of fuel had been used!
“Thanks to the information I was able to present to the police quickly and easily, the car was recovered and returned without any damage.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post runs a regular Digital City column in partnership with Sky Betting & Gaming.
The platform aims to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.