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 |  Mar 28 2012, 7:31 AM

Looking for a way to keep track of your family members when they’re out and about? Whether you’re a nervous parent or a suspicious spouse, OnStar is adding a new Family Link program for just $3.99 a month that will allow subscribers to locate their vehicle no matter where it is.

The optional service has two features: vehicle locate and vehicle location alert. By using its vehicle locate feature, users will be able to log into the Family Link website to find the vehicle on a map at anytime. The vehicle location alert feature will email or text notifications to the subscriber with where the vehicle is. The subscriber can choose the day, time, and frequency of the alerts.

Family Link is OnStar’s first a la carte service where subscribers can add it to their existing OnStar package for just $3.99 a month. There will be a phased-launch starting in mid-April for select subscribers to sign up, while more invites will go out in June. From there, OnStar will continue to roll out the service to all subscribers in the U.S. throughout the year.

“For more than 16 years, OnStar has developed and enhanced our service by listening to our customers,” said OnStar Vice President of Subscriber Services Joanne Finnorn. “They tell us how they use technology and what they want it to do. Last year, we had more than 4,500 subscribers test the Family Link service and they told us it provides them peace of mind by staying connected to their family when they’re on the road.”

Watch a brief commercial on the new OnStar Family Link after the break.

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 |  Aug 01 2010, 7:43 AM

We’ve covered the dangers of texting while driving, and how distracting kids can be in the car. But here’s another serious concern we’d like to address: bickering couples.

Arguing and driving – it’s sometime hard to separate the two in the car, especially when it comes to spouses. A British survey conducted by car accessories retailer Halfords says that than 70 percent of drivers admit to being involved in some sort of in-car argument in the last month and 18 percent confessed they have in-car fights at least once a week. In the US, drivers fair a bit better – navigation software producer TeleNav did a similar survey and found that 55 percent of respondents reported being involved in arguments while driving.

In the Halfords study, 65 percent said that the fights started because of the other person’s poor navigation skills. And here’s a no-brainer – 80 percent of the women polled complained that their partners never looked at the directions before hand, while 85 percent argued because of the driver’s refusal to ask for directions once they got lost.

And we’re not so different on this side of the pond. The TeleNav survey found that the most common reason for road rage between couples was due to opposing views on how to get to a location and refusing to ask for directions. To add insult to injury, 17 percent of respondents accused the other of being a bad driver.

So how do you resolve this issue? Getting a GPS would solve the problem. However, we don’t really have any concrete solutions about how to do away with fights that start because of bad driver accusations. An old saying comes to mind: “If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.” That is, at least, until you reach you destination, and you don’t have to worry about walking the rest of the way.

[Source: Kicking Tires]