Driving Activity Reporter

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Parents can’t keep a keen eye on their kids all day long, and they have even more to worry about when young adults in the home get their driving license (and a sense of restricted freedom), thinking that they are able to roam the world and drive at breakneck speeds while feeling invincible. Everyone goes through that rite of passage in their lives, but for parents who suspect that their kids might be doing something else, there is always the Driving Activity Reporter.

This is the device that monitors a car’s activity and provides a detailed report of places, routes, and speeds traveled. It uses a 16-channel GPS receiver to track the movements of the car to which it is attached (internally or externally, using the device’s built-in magnet for covert purposes), storing locations on its built-in flash memory that holds up to 100 hours of driving activity. Removed from the car, the reporter connects to your computer’s USB port, and the included software allows you to view the time, date, and precise locations visited–even how fast a driver was traveling–using animated digital street maps. The data can also be examined using Google Earth (a free application from the Internet) for precise satellite pictures of locations visited. Durable, water-resistant frame enables operation between -15° to 185° F. Two AAA lithium batteries (required) provide up to three weeks of operation; device will enter sleep mode if it does not detect car movement within two minutes.

Sounds like $229.95 worth spending, and suspicious spouses will also find this to be an extremely useful tool.

9 reviews or comments

Picasso Says: February 19, 2009 at 1:41 am

Are you going to be a parent and the police at the same time? Pick one because you can be both no matter how hard you want too. If your having trust issues with your kids, you really think this gadget will solve them? Wake up!

Picasso Says: February 19, 2009 at 1:42 am

Are you going to be a parent and the police at the same time? Pick one because you “CAN’T” be both no matter how hard you want too. If your having trust issues with your kids, you really think this gadget will solve them? Wake up!

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Realist Says: February 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm

As opposed to what? Having your kid go to a crack neighborhood thirty miles away and getting hooked and in jail or finding out a month into it and getting the kids some help before it’s off to gladiator school and serious lifelong memories… Sounds like a good product until your kid is 18 and then they are, for better or worse, an adult.

Jason Says: November 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

This is a real cool device. I first purchased it to keep track of my driver for my flower delivery business, but then used it to see if my teen was going where she said she was. Its worth the money for the info you will receive, but I bought mine at http://www.tracking-system.com/ for around 199 I think???

SiLentThRead Says: February 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Do you have to pay a monthly subscription for the GPS Service?

Edwin Says: February 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Doesn’t look like it, SiLentThRead.

GPS Tracker Says: June 2, 2011 at 12:19 am

This is a really cool device, but Hammacher Schlemmer is not the manufacturer, only the reseller. The manufacturer is a chicago-based fleet management company who has a distributor called Tracking System Direct where people can find the device at a more reasonable cost (under $200). But even at $229 (hammacher’s price) this unit out performs system costing $400

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