10 January 2013 19:15 | By Richard Yarrow
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Keep the kids on a tight leash with 'Geo-fencing'€™



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Keep the kids on a tight leash with '€˜Geo-fencing'™

'˜Geo-fencing'€™ is a new concept in motoring, but thanks to a deal between car component firm Delphi and American cellphone company Verizon it's becoming a reality. It'€™s the idea that the vehicle can only travel in a certain space and if it goes outside that area an alert is triggered.

Here'€™s an example: you're a parent with a 17-year-old who recently passed his/her driving test and wants to take your car out. You're okay with them commuting to and from college but don'€™t want them straying from that route. You can set up a 'geo-fence'€™ so that if they break the rules you get a message sent your phone. In America drivers will soon be able to buy a small black box from Verizon shops that plugs into their car'€™s dashboard. Expect the idea to cross the Atlantic in due course.

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