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General Motors is now your Big Brother

Some parents of today’s youngest generation of drivers might think that General Motors’ new app, “Teen Driver,” is great because it allows them to monitor their children as they drive and even control their behavior.

According to MTV News, the app is being billed as a “safety system” that permits parents “to cap your speed, see where you’ve driven, set a maximum volume for the radio and even receive a ‘vehicle report card’ when you’ve been driving dangerously.

“Think of it like a V-chip for your car: Your parents get to set up a PIN that allows them to drive the car normally – at whatever speed they want – but you have to drive like you’re on probation,” the report says.

To be fair, GM is not the first car maker to put so-called interventional technology in its vehicles; Ford’s “MyKey” system also allows parents to control speed and other features in vehicles being driving by their children.

However, even if the technology exists, is using it such a good idea? Do we really want our kids growing up to accept that they are constantly under surveillance? Isn’t this the same thing as listening in on a child’s phone calls, putting tape recorders in their rooms or following them wherever they go?


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