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xgojim

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:54:57 AM

If you are a driver and have loved ones — and that's pretty much all of us — you like to keep both your car and those close to you as safe as possible. That, in a way, sums up the Car Connection from Audiovox. Among other things, the device lets you monitor driver behavior and the whereabouts of your vehicle, with all the information steered directly to your laptop or smartphone via a cellular GPS signal. Designed to plug into a car's diagnostic port, it tracks how fast your car is driven and how far it travels from home. It also can block cellphone usage while in gear, direct you to the car (in case you forget where you parked) and monitor the car's maintenance needs. The device costs about $150 and requires a $20 activation fee. Service plans vary from $9.95 a month to about $90 a yea
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52MPG
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 1:22:20 AM

No privacy at all.
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lesndave
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:54:04 PM

Ugh!!
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Jeff4U
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:41:49 PM

Soon we'll be like China - no privacy, the way Obama likes it.
When you sign up for Obamacare, the first thing they want is your checking account information.
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Robert44
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:32:28 PM

Little too high on price!!!
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drobbbb
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 11:08:15 PM

I'll wait til its free
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:40:41 PM

soon the govt will require it on all vehicles.
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c0wb0y
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 5:31:06 PM

Interesting.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 8:34:57 AM

Enter Big Brother....
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EvergreenON
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:35:51 AM

Good to control young drivers
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RAE344
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:05:22 AM

Now we are paying people to spy on ourselves. We have been brainwashed by the (insert any political group)
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blossom9995
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:34:58 AM

I think England already does that, with professional drivers, anyway. they suck.
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Pielededrac
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:24:01 PM

Yeah, right, just more big brother. No thanks.
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doyle16
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 5:39:37 PM

Oh boy! Now, my hacker "friend" can cause the car to slam on the brakes. Good luck with that especially since the car computer has NO malware protection (outside of not being networked). Let'ps everybody park your car in "Harlem" and leave the windows down and the keys on the dashboard. Needless to say, I don't think I want "that convenience".
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rte3tdi
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 4:14:37 PM

My car has been running just fine for 220,000 miles. No need to add a device with faulty software that will corrupt its operation.
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:54:44 PM

Not for me.
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kag2010
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:36:27 PM

This is just wrong.
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335d1
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:19:57 PM

No thanks.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 2:01:36 PM

Waste of money for the responsible folks
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MusicalMan7
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 1:51:50 PM

I thought any device that blocks or scrambles cell phone transmissions was illegal...
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mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 1:20:03 PM

"Just as long as the government & the insurance companies aren't the ones using it."

Get outa here! What on earth makes you think that NSA won't be selling this data to any govt agency that's out for revenue?
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Nikontraveler
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:10:29 PM

I can see accelerator throttling coming to a neighborhood near you.
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:56:59 AM

Thank god my Buicks too old for this junk....
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:46:00 AM

Just as long as the government & the insurance companies aren't the ones using it.
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:45:20 AM

A hidden app that has been placed on all the kids phones costs nothing - and gives you all the GPS info you could ever need, BCC copies all their texts and email to you - and - records ALL their voice comms. No matter who they are with or what/whose car they are in.

The Madison Avenue ads from Audiovox say - "A smart two—way communication interface is created when you plug Car Connection into your vehicle's OBII port, which is located under your dash. Once you've plugged in Car Connection, and registered your vehicle online, it beings sharing vital information with you that immediately improves your safety and security and that of your loved ones each day."

"it beings sharing vital information with you" and everyone else??
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:37:14 AM

If you're talking about monitoring teenage drivers, they will be able to modify these or disconnect them very easily. Plus, one day soon, they'll be built in and Big Brother will be monitoring them.
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velichita
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:34:56 AM

Our privacy? What are you talking about?
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GFJ
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:32:33 AM

This is not a new idea, just another provider. Not sure about the cell phone blocking capability. This could cause other problems.
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Paddy60
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:29:57 AM

This is just wrong. Trust your kids like our parents trusted us. Maybe?
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:18:36 AM

More assault on our privacy packaged with doing for your loved ones. Makes it easier to swallow the hook.
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gbs1
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:11:43 AM

Parents should appreciate this.
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PCWHIZ
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:42:32 AM

Sounds like more big brother devices to invade our privacy.
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:36:08 AM

Big Brother.
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Skunk63
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:32:44 AM

The government doesn't need this data. You are already tracked through traffic cameras, your cell phone and, if you have it, your car's GPS.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:30:16 AM

Big brother is back!!!
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tmon6219
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:23:33 AM

And when does the Government start scanning this data?
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radbadtz
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:18:27 AM

git r dun
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dodsworth
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:17:38 AM

Very helpful for some, especially parents, I suppose.

The fees for purchase, activation, and monthly service caught my attention. I suppose there would be a restocking fee as well. That's how profits are maximized. The idea applies to airlines and bags, banks and talking to a live person, and more. Perhaps one day all roads will be toll roads.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:11:33 AM

Excellent idea for that trusting spouse! ;<}
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:08:03 AM

another privacy issue
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:07:56 AM

Too much information.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:07:13 AM

Ok.
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:05:10 AM

should be mandatory for teen drivers
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:04:26 AM

For someone who is REALLY controlling and possessive. No thanks!!!
Do you really want to know this information?

[Edited by: doeslayersr at 10/12/2013 10:05:34 AM EST]
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:01:30 AM

Sounds like something that has possibilities.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 10:00:32 AM

will be the darling of helicopter parents.
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:57:59 AM

some insurance companies are tracking to help you save for good driving
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:56:21 AM

Blocking cell phone use while in gear great idea
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xgojim
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 9:55:50 AM

Sounds good for keeping track of business mileage not to mention teenagers' driving.
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