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Track Your Teen's Driving: Would You Do It?

A new app monitors driving habits and sends alerts directly to smartphones.

By Joanna Schneider

Jaideep and Sandhya Jain didn’t want to spy on their son — they just wanted to make him a better driver.

The couple, both computer scientists, were recently featured by USA Today and AOL to promote the device they invented to monitor their son’s driving stats.

Truvolo Drive, which plugs directly into a car’s on-board computer, measures dangerous maneuvers including abrupt acceleration, deceleration and swerving. The device can also issue notifications when a driver has arrived at a specific destination. It’s the first of it’s kind on the market.

"I looked at the statistics, and the first year of anyone's driving life has the most incidents, simply because you think you know everything but, of course, you don't,” he told USA Today.

Teen driving statistics certainly support the use of a device like Truvolo. AOL Auto points to research from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute:

“Traffic accidents are the number one cause of death among teens,” according to the A&M study. “Drivers aged 15 to 17 are eight times as likely to be involved in a car accident than those just a little bit older, ages 18 to 24, if they're carrying passengers.”

The device also sends updates about the car’s health, accessing information usually reserved for mechanics, AOL Auto reports. This helps owners identify problems before they become major.

Truvolo will retail for $99. The Jains have used crowdfunding through Indiegogo to support the endeavor.

Would you purchase an app like Truvolo that allowed you to track your child’s driving behavior? Is this a helpful tool for parents? Or too invasive? Sound off in the comments!



Brian L March 22, 2014 at 08:13 AM
No way i have enough grey hairs.
cwatk March 22, 2014 at 08:15 AM
If you are insured with State Farm you can monitor your child's driving habits with In-Drive. You will also be eligible for a discount on you premium. Why not get the unit and a discount at the same time?
Art Wegweiser March 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM
Sorry folks, but with the NSA, tracking devices in rental cars, that obnoxious "State Farm" device, and other intrusions to privacy we already have enough snooping devices. Rather than spend on this spy thing, I made sure my two sons went to proper driving classes on a track with pros trained in teaching proper techniques. And I trusted them, something the inventors of this contraption apparently do not do.

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