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Xact tracks teen drivers

Xact Technology’s new Xact | Trax portable personal tracking device is designed to reassure parents that their children are driving safely.

It stores details of the child driver’s destination and gathers GPS data about the vehicle’s progress. Parents can track their progress on a web-based portal.

Xact | Trax will also send speed and location results to a phone, blackberry or via email to alert parents (or other contacts if desired).

Xact claims the device meets the standards of most auto insurers that provide discounts for the use of GPS enabled devices.

Parents can use the web portal to set a speed limit or a "geo-fence" to alert them when their teen driver either goes beyond a pre-set speed limit or drives outside of the pre-determined area.

“Xact | Trax is a unique product that gives both piece of mind for parents with teen drivers and has a significant impact on the cost of auto insurance. Couple this with the low-cost of the unit and the no-subscription service, and this is a very valuable and beneficial product for any parent with teenagers who drive," says William Acevedo, vice president of product development, Xact Technology. "Through the Xact | Trax device, parents can monitor their teen drivers in real-time, enabling them to know if they are driving safely or recklessly.”

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one in four traffic fatalities involves younger drivers aged 16-24 years old, nearly twice as high as for other age groups.

A total of 21 US states allow auto insurance companies to provide a discounted rate if a driver installs and uses a GPS tracking device.
 

February 10, 2009

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