GM Pilot Project Allows Parents to Track Teen Drivers

Jim Liebelt | Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University | Thursday, August 4, 2011

GM Pilot Project Allows Parents to Track Teen Drivers

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.

Source: Detroit News