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New Chevy App Makes Snooping On Kids (Or Spouses) Easy

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John Goreham
Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com
8-5-2017

 

Keeping track of kids has never been easier. Apple phones and most other smart phones have simple apps that can tell the subscriber where the other phones on their plan are at any given time and a summary of where they went. There are also a number of inexpensive devices one can place in a car that work with cell phones to track locations and do other things, like limit the phone's ability to text or use other apps. Cell Control Driver ID is one we have tested and still use in the GM-Trucks.com extended family. Now Chevy has its own app that can tell you where your car is and how it is being used.

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Called Chevy Family Link, Chevy says of the new App, "OnStar Family Link allows parents to stay connected to their teens no matter where their young drivers roam by providing access to teens’ vehicle locations. Parents can also set up email or text alerts to know when a vehicle has arrived and departed a destination or traveled outside a specific area." Presumably, one could also load the app onto anyone's phone, not just a teens.

 

“The day your children start driving is a dream come true for them, but it can be a nightmare for a concerned parent,” said Luciana Chamberlain, Family Link product marketing manager for Chevrolet. “OnStar Family Link can help minimize a parent’s anxiety by letting them know when their child has arrived at school, left a friend’s house or traveled outside of their comfort zone.”

 

The new app is free for three months, followed by a $3.99 per month subscription service. Some of the Apple apps that do this have a one-time fee of between 99-Cents and $2.99, and the Cell Control Driver ID is about $100 up-front and has no subscription fee.

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All technology is commendable, as long as it doesn’t fall in the wrong hands. Just like you can track your kid, so can someone else. Right now, criminals are using this technology on the rich and famous because the juice is worth the squeeze, this is not even news anymore around LA. But the more readily available the technology, the more you will start to see it being used on everyday people. Teach your kids the reality of society and expect them to do the right thing. I’ll take technology up to a point, but hey, I still use my original crackberry.

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This is not new -- you have been able to add FamilyLink for years through OnStar. The only thing that is new is that GM is offering the service free for 3 months.

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