Posted By RichC on February 17, 2007
Similar to Big Brother utilizing traffic light cameras to photograph and ticket cars going through red lights, here’s another item which is a little more personal. Big Mother … I mean … DriveSync monitors “your car’s” driving habits, or depending who “you know” is behind the wheel … the driver’s habits. Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc. has a $300 product being sold at Target.com that can be installed on most vehicles to monitor fleet or family vehicles by GPS recordings. The “non-real time” data is saved on a USB thumb-drive and is removed from the vehicle and uploaded to a secure Internet portal using propriatary software provided by DriveSync. The data is processed into route maps and driving trends and made available on a secure web portal. According to the company, exact data is not plotted, but driving trends and patterns create an overall picture of how the vehicle is used. I won’t be surprised if insurance companies start to offer discounts for those drivers submitting their online logs? I’m sure this is a gift every driving teenager will be asking for … along with Sprint Family Locator cell phone tracking.