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

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

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!

John P. Morse March 21, 2014 at 05:08 PM
Not only do I think you should track your kids, but your wife too!!!
anonymous March 21, 2014 at 05:29 PM
John I heard the cia is hiring lol----anonymous
Marilyn Weeden March 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM
I would absolutely have this installed on my car that will be driven by a teenager. I am incredibly blessed that neither of my older children ended up dead or killing someone. They had more than their share of accidents and maybe this could have helped us to know what they were really doing...My granddaughter lives with us and I will have this device on any car she drives.
WOODY11780 March 23, 2014 at 08:01 AM
I would absolutely install a monitor, & I would monitor it, daily myself.....If that technology was available when I was younger, hitch hiking would have been my mode.
Gil V March 24, 2014 at 04:39 PM
Many auto insurers offer these. No need to pay the $100 if you don't mind sharing your data. We have one, but we hardly ever check it now. It does provide some peace of mind.


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