Sunday, March 18, 2012

Monitor Teen Driving with GPS


Everyone knows that teen drivers sometimes are not the safest, and no one can deny how nerve-wracking it can be handing your keys to a new driver and watching them drive off by themselves for the first time. So, Agilis Systems, LLC, a fleet management and asset tracking company, came up with a solution created specifically for consumers–the MOTOsafety Teen Driving Coach.

The MOTOsafety driving coach is actually two separate parts—a GPS device that hooks into your teen’s car and various notifications, alerts and daily driving reports sent directly to you to help monitor your child’s driving habits. The device can be plugged in or hardwired to the car and provides realtime tracking so parents always know if a child has arrived safely. Parents can set interactive map boundaries with alerts if they are crossed and track speeding and other bad driving habits.

There is no contract associated with the device, which costs $80. There is, however, a $20/month fee for the services. I could see it adding up pretty quick, but if you are the kind of person who worries it might be worth the peace of mind.

This system was originally released in 2011, but after seeing a couple of articles about it online, I wanted to help spread the word. It seems like a really cool (and slightly expensive) idea, especially for new drivers. And because there’s no contract, you could easily use it for a few months until you and your teen were more confident and then keep it for another child or sell it to a friend.

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