David Hurd from MobilizedGPS with soon-to-be P-plater Ryan Murray, 17. Mr Hurd’s company is selling a GPS tracking device that allows parents to monitor their children’s driving behaviour.
David Hurd from MobilizedGPS with soon-to-be P-plater Ryan Murray, 17. Mr Hurd’s company is selling a GPS tracking device that allows parents to monitor their children’s driving behaviour. Brett Wortman

GPS device to track speed of young drivers for their parents

PARENTS, this is your chance to turn the tables and spy on your kids "Big Brother-style" when they borrow your car for a night out.

A Buderim company has come up with a hidden GPS monitoring system in the car.

It will track if they are really only going down to the bowls club or are secretly driving to the girlfriend's house at 2am.

MobilizedGPS director David Hurd said it would put some power back into the hands of worried parents.

He said the stealth service would enable parents to monitor in real time whether their teenage driver was observing speed limits day and night.

The idea was sparked by Mr Hurd's 15-year-old son a few months ago when he commented on work his dad was doing for other industries.

"He said to me, 'So I am getting mum's car when I'm 17, right?' I said 'yes' and he said he hoped I would never be putting one of those in my cars. I thought 'great idea'."

The idea has grown to the stage where Mr Hurd is ready to launch the product on thousands of unsuspecting teenagers nationwide.

It's the number of fatal crashes involving teenagers that's fuelled his passion.

The Traffic Accident Commission's website says the most dangerous time for young drivers is the first three to six months of their probationary licence.

"In 2012, 23% of drivers killed on our roads were aged 18 to 25, with night driving proving particularly hazardous," Mr Hurd said.

The service costs $20 a month and will allow parents to use the reports generated to engender responsible driving discussions.


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