AAA Unveils Safe Driving Device

Parents can set driving parameters such as speed, geographic boundaries and curfews for teen drivers

By Sarah Grieco
|  Thursday, Mar 1, 2012  |  Updated 4:05 PM PDT
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Parents, are you worried about your kids driving a little too fast? Well there’s an app for that – kind of.

The Auto Club demonstrated its new AAA Onboard System to San Diegans on Thursday, in which parents can set driving parameters such as speed, geographic boundaries and curfews for teen drivers.

It works by attaching the device to the teen’s car, then setting certain limitations on the AAA website, such as speed limits. The system can pinpoint its location and send messages to parents if any of the parameters are violated.

“It’s designed primarily for coaching teens on safe driving,” said Cletus Nunes, a developer for AAA. “We can locate the teen if they need help.”

While young drivers may be trembling at the thought of their parents knowing their whereabouts at all times, it’s not all bad.

“You can use this tool to praise your teen, too,” said Nunes. “And say ‘Great job, I’m really happy you’ve been safer.’”

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