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Backseat driving goes mobile: Grandpa designs app to track teen drivers

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It's not all young whippersnappers designing smart phone apps these days. A Dyersberg, Tennessee granddad has created an app that tracks teens' bad driving habits alerts parents - and, presumably grandparents.

A lot less fun than Angry Birds, this app was inspired by a drive with his granddaughter.

"I was riding with my granddaughter one day down the four lane road, and I looked over, and we were riding too fast," the developer Paul Hart told a Tennessee TV station. So he designed a tool that traces young drivers.

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The Safety Information and Protection System, or SIPS, is only available on the Android app market. But in weeks, iPhone users will be able to purchase the tracking software, according to the report.

"If you're speeding or out of bounds or texting and driving, you will get a Google map through a text message and it will show you where they are and when the infraction occurred," Mr. Hart said. Mr. Hart said the new SIPS technology will even alert your child to call home if you're looking for them.

By his logic, this monitoring means kids won't feel like they're being spied on.

"Once they learn you're not spying, you're not watching every move, they're OK because they're not speeding, texting or driving, or going out of bounds," he said.

But isn't this precisely spying on them?

What do you think? Would this improve teen driving habits?

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