March 29, 2012, 10:53 AM —
Rolling out now, new Family Link alert system lets you track OnStar vehicles for $3.99 per month.
Planned for a soft rollout in April and June, then across the country, the add-on OnStar feature lets subscribers track vehicle locations via a website, and receive emails and texts based on when tracked vehicles reach certain destinations. Marketed as a way to help parents track their children, GM expects users to inform drivers they are, in fact, being monitored.
Real time updates of vehicle locations on a map, along with timestamps, will prove a strong temptation to adults wishing to track other adults. Privacy issues seem to be lost in the design of this service, surprising since GM received bad publicity last September when accused of listening in on private conversations inside OnStar-equipped vehicles, and tracking vehicle speed and seatbelt compliance. Supposedly, only an OnStar subscriber can gain access to the tracking information.
We've really grown into this paranoid nanny state with helicopter parents haven't we? We just HAVE to have a million and a half ways to keep track of our kids.
viper74 on insideline.com
If you can't trust your kid, don't let them out, and don't let them take a car!
yay4saabs on insideline.com
Oh you're right, it's much better to think they will betray you at some point and monitor their whereabouts at all times, so just in case or if it does happen you'll be ready! Sounds like you have some very healthy relationships going in your life.
SolipsisticPsychologist on wired.com
If anyone's tech savvy, there's an app on the iPhone app store called uTrackMe for example that uploads your current GPS coords every given interval (say 10 seconds
JamesMallison on endgadget.com
Divorce attorneys must be thrilled at the this announcement.