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Teen Driver Cam; Record Your Kid’s Horrible Driving Habits; Embarrass Them Later

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My first take on this technology was that it was an invasion of privacy and another tool for big brother to use to track you. The more I thought about it, though, the more I recognized its genius.

Consider the following statistics (from the CDC website):

* In the U.S. during 2004, 4,767 teens ages 16 to 19 died of injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. During 2005, nearly 400,000 motor vehicle occupants in this age group sustained nonfatal injuries severe enough to require treatment in an emergency department (CDC 2006).

* The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash (IIHS 2006).

* In 2005, teenagers accounted for 10 percent of the U.S. population and 12 percent of motor vehicle crash deaths (IIHS 2006).

* The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers; the risk increases with the number of teen passengers (Chen 2000).

What better way to curb those hormone-overloaded, immature teenager brains?


October 11, 2007 - Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Science and Technology


  1. Personally, I think we should adopt the european method of teaching driving. You have to be 18, the tests and driving instructions are actually difficult and it is very expensive to purchase a driver’s license.

    Comment by l3rianh | October 11, 2007

  2. Fantastic idea! I don’t feel that it’s Big Brotherish in the least if we’re talking about minors. They are driving purely because their parents are letting them, and in most cases they’ll be driving their parents’ cars, and on their parents’ insurance policies. I think it’s totally reasonable that a parent be able to monitor their kid’s driving habits, whether it be with a camera, gps transmitter, etc.

    Think of when your kid finally gets a license and wants to start borrowing your car. Won’t you be wondering what the heck is going on? 😉

    I guess I might be inclined to be against this if the kid worked a job and paid for the car on their own, and is paying their own insurance. In that case, I might be more inclined to let them have their driving privacy.

    Comment by Joe | October 11, 2007

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