April 29, 2009 12:00 ET

Dude, Where's My Car?

New GPS Technology Provides Live Vehicle Tracking via the Internet

VALENCIA, CA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2009) - Daddy took the T-Bird away when he found out his daughter was taking it to the hamburger stand and not the library, but she had a good ol' time until he figured it out.

But if Dad had the GPS technology available today, he'd have nipped the hamburger stand visits in the bud on the very first day.

Most GPS navigation devices are commonly used to get a user from point "a" to point "b," but the new technology expands that basic capability with a live web-based tracking unit that updates vehicles positions every 10 seconds. The vehicle's position can be viewed from any web-enabled computer.

This new technology can provide parents of teens more peace of mind than before and ensure the safety of their children, according to George Karonis, CEO of LiveViewGPS (

"As your teen's responsibilities increase, a parent's anxiety levels can skyrocket and for good reason," Karonis said. "Your kids may argue that installing a GPS monitoring device shows a total lack of trust, but we believe it is more along the lines of 'trust, but verify.'"

Karonis cites a few points that support the idea of trust, but verify:

--  Research has shown that teenagers don't drive safely for fear of
    crashing, but rather for fear of getting a ticket. Researchers said that
    teenagers have a sense of immortality and the "it can't happen to me"
--  Getting a speeding ticket for just 20 mph over the limit could result
    in a $3,000 increase in premiums for auto insurance with a Teen Driver on
    your policy!
--  Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people 15 to
    20. Speeding has been a factor in over 37% of crashes involving 16-year-

"Speed thresholds can be set online, as well as zone or area alerts," Karonis explained. "Anytime your vehicle exceeds your set speed threshold, you will get a SMS text message to your cell phone, as well as an email, notifying you of the speed violation. Moreover, when your vehicle exits or enters a specified geographical zone, you can configure the system to also send you a cell phone or email alert."

About George Karonis

George Karonis is a 15-year law enforcement veteran with years of experience in security and surveillance.

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