If trust is the cornerstone of a healthy relationship, this new service from OnStar is like a digital crack in that stone. It's called Family Link, and it allows owners of OnStar-equipped vehicles to track a family member's movements via the website, as well as receiving email and text alerts when they arrive at a location, all for US$3.99 a month.
The company is pitching the service as a way for parents to keep track of kids - which is a questionable use of technology to begin with - but it could be used to track anyone who's driving an enrolled OnStar vehicle. For instance, an untrusting spouse could virtually follow their partner without that partner's knowledge or consent.
The company's representative Cheryl McCarron says that an initial test of the service with 4,500 customers was very successful, and that their clients have been asking for the ability to track their loved ones' vehicles. She admits, however, that they are "depending on subscribers to tell other family members that they've enabled the service on the vehicle".
At the moment, the service is only available in the U.S., and there's no word on when it might become available to Canadian users. We'll be watching. And your family might, too.
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