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OnStar Family Link  (Source: OnStar)
FamilyLink sounds like a way for employers and parents to keep an eye on where kids and workers are at all times.

OnStar has rolled out a new beta service for people that have OnStar equipped vehicles. The service is called OnStar Family Link. The service takes advantage of the GPS features that OnStar equipped vehicles feature onboard and allows you to keep up with where your loved ones are when you want to.

For now, the service is a pilot program only and you have to be invited to join. Family Link allows the user to log into the Family Link website and view a map that shows the vehicles exact location at any time of the day or night. The subscriber to the service can also register for emails or text messages to be sent to let them know where the vehicle is. The emails can be set up for delivery at whatever time the user wants.

“Our subscribers have asked us for a solution to help them stay connected to their family when they’re on the road,” said OnStar President Linda Marshall. “What parent hasn’t asked their teenaged driver to call or send a text when they arrive somewhere, only to not hear from them? Family Link’s Vehicle Locate feature lets a parent check on their child’s progress or help determine when he/she might be home safe and sound."

Access to the Family Link site is limited to those with the username and password to access the vehicle data. In the future, the service will also be updated to include speed alerts to let the person know when the vehicle exceeds a specific speed. The service will also be able to send a message to the user of Family Link if the vehicle leaves a specified area. 

There is no word at this time when the service might be rolled out to all OnStar vehicle owners. The service will be a paid upgrade when it does launch for all OnStar equipped vehicle owners. 

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By Souka on 8/2/2011 5:00:21 PM , Rating: 1
Ok idea... but I'd imagine it won't be used a great deal.

More pratical to setup the kids phone to track the kids whereabouts. It would follow the kid, not just the car.

And for those who are reaching for the reply button to criticize, here's a couple points for you...

1. If kid turns off phone, the parent takes it away.
2. If kid disables the software, the parent takes the phone away.
3. If the kid doesn't like #1 or #2, they're grounded.
4. I'm assuming the kid has a smartphone... the market share for kids is growing fast.

My $.02

RE: Hmmm...
By bhigh on 8/2/2011 5:24:35 PM , Rating: 2
You can already do this with Google Latitude.

Phone carriers have offered cell phone tracking for several years as an add-on feature as well.

RE: Hmmm...
By MDmom on 8/3/2011 5:46:48 PM , Rating: 2
My family also use our mobile phones with an app called Life360. it is a lot better than latitude for your family cause it isnt just a tracking thing.

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