When they first head out on the road after getting a license, teenagers haven't much experience behind the wheel, and they're likely to underestimate dangerous situations on the road. For some parents concerned about their children's driving habits, purchasing and installing a GPS-based electronic unit into their teen's vehicle is one way to keep an eye out even when they can't be in the car with their teen. The idea is to monitor the teen's driving habits by communicating with the parents over phone, text messaging or e-mail. There are several different models on the market, and almost all of them send information on a vehicle's location or how fast a teen is driving.
The big difference with the Tiwi system, however, is its ability to understand the speed limit in which the car is located. Most GPS-based computer monitors will tell parents how fast their child is driving, and there may even be a function that lets them set a personal speed limit. For example, if parents don't want their children driving more than 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour), they can set that as a limit, and if the driver exceeds that limit, the computer will send a message to the parents. From there, they can decide whether or not they should talk to their child and tell them to slow down or come home.
With the Tiwi, the GPS is sophisticated enough to tell how fast a teen is going in a certain area, and whether or not he or she is going faster than the posted speed limit. The Tiwi alerts the parents, but before it does, the computer system itself will talk to the teen. A recorded voice will tell the driver, "You're exceeding the speed limit; please slow down."
The Tiwi System computer is a small, gray, square box that sits on the vehicle's dash. It sells for around $549, and there's a monthly subscription fee of either $24.95 or $34.95, depending on the type of communication parents want.
So the Tiwi can tell you if your teen is speeding; what other features does it offer?