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Stalker cam for cars

Parents can spy on their children when they are behind the wheel of the family car.
Parents can spy on their children when they are behind the wheel of the family car. David Stuart

General Motors has launched a new tracking service that allows people to track their car's movements 24 hours a day via a website.

The technology, known as Family Link, effectively allows parents to spy on their children when they are behind the wheel of the family car.

According to GM, the person driving the car will not know they are being tracked, meaning curious parents can keep an eye on their kid's movements from afar.

GM says the Family Link system, which works in tandem with the company's OnStar connected in-car information system, will "allow subscribers to stay connected to their loved ones when driving an OnStar-equipped vehicle" without distracting them by calling or sending text messages.

The subscriber - who pays a US$3.99 ($3.83) per month access fee - logs on to a website where the car's GPS tracking data can be displayed.

The owner of the car can also receive email or text message alerts, including the nearest cross street and the date and time the car was there.

The system could possibly also be used to alert the owner if the car is out after a certain time, meaning parents of P-platers could be alerted if their youngster was out after curfew.

The OnStar system allows drivers and passengers to contact a call centre for emergency services, finding out more about their car's diagnostics, or even ask for directions. It's not available in Australia.

Topics:  general motors, tracking devices




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