Charlotte Area Company Using G.P.S. Technology To Put The Brakes On Dangerous Driving

by Kirk Hawkins

Story Created: Aug 30, 2012 at 9:32 PM EDT

Story Updated: Aug 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM EDT

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Al Aitkin says his neighborhood of Myers Park has seen its share of teenage crashes. So much so, that he's always concerned about his family's safety. "In this day and time, iphones, ipads…that's not unreasonable to think you could use something like that," he said.

Miles Huneycutt shows how one of Huntsville based eye INTEL's G.P.S. trackers can send a text message with the position, speed, and location of a teenage driver. Another type of G.P.S. tracker allows parents to track their teens whereabouts on their computers. "It does hold the teen responsible for their actions when mom and dad aren't in the car," Huneycutt said.

Experts say parents need to carefully weigh trust and safety before using one of the devices. "It just depends on how its presented by the parents. If I'm keeping my thumb on you how would anybody feel like that," said Chuck Hawks of Teen Driving Solutions.

Back in Myers Park, Al Aitkin's son Sean says the added supervision isn't a problem. "It's parents. They outta be worried. That's their job," Aitkin said.

The G.P.S. trackers cost around three hundred dollars. They require monthly subscriptions that begin at 25 dollars per device.