Parents will be able to track the real-time location of their teenagers when they are driving, under a pilot program unveiled by General Motors Co.'s OnStar unit.
The service will give family members the ability to track the location of others by logging on to a GM website to view a map with the vehicle's exact location at any time or by getting text messages or email alerts.
"Our subscribers have asked us for a solution to help them stay connected to their family when they're on the road," said OnStar President Linda Marshall in announcing the project at the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars here. "What parent hasn't asked their teenaged driver to call or send a text when they arrive somewhere, only to not hear from them?"
GM will initially invite about 10,000 active U.S. OnStar subscribers to take part in the pilot program. A GM spokeswoman said the pilot program is focused on GM owners who are parents with teen drivers.
It could also mean parents could track the locations of elderly drivers — or family could track others driving in inclement weather or in remote locations.
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About Jim Liebelt
Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
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