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Parents Invent Device To Track Teen Driving Habits
autos.aol.com ^ | 3/14/2014

Posted on 03/13/2014 9:07:58 PM PDT by RoosterRedux

A couple worried about teaching their sixteen-year-old son good driving habits has invented a device that allows parents to peak in on how their kids are driving.

Jaideep and Sandhya Jain were featured in USA Today for their start-up company Truvolo. Truvolo is a small device that plugs directly into a car's on-board computer. The device then sends stats about the car's health as well as the driving habits of the operator back to a smartphone. Truvolo notes G-forces from abrupt acceleration, deceleration and swerving. It also accesses information usually reserved for mechanics, allowing users to catch dangerous problems well in advance of a breakdown. The device can also issue alerts when a driver has arrived at their destination.

The pair, who both hold masters degrees in computer science, came up with the device after having a hard time finding a similar product anywhere else.

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This is why I am going to sell my CalAmp shares when the market opens tomorrow.

I might lose a small fortune (opportunity cost...I am up 4% on my investment), but this article explains why this is not a risk I should take.

If a family of computer scientists can develop an device that does what CalAmp does for half the price, CalAmp will die.

1 posted on 03/13/2014 9:07:58 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
"an device"?

Bad habit picked up by watching too much "Downton Abbey.";-)

2 posted on 03/13/2014 9:10:38 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

I suspect they used essentially off-the-shelf components with a little software doing the communication for the app.


3 posted on 03/13/2014 9:13:07 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator
This is the basic CalAmp (California Amplifier - "CAMP") product. They are touted as the machine 2 machine leaders.

If their products can be reproduced by a mom and pop operation...this new industry will be turned on its head!

As said, I will dump my CAMP at the opening bell tomorrow and will watch for this stock to take a dive in the months ahead.

4 posted on 03/13/2014 9:18:35 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

“This is the basic CalAmp (California Amplifier - “CAMP”) product. They are touted as the machine 2 machine leaders.
If their products can be reproduced by a mom and pop operation...this new industry will be turned on its head!”

For some time, one has been able to buy the software and connections to hook a laptop into the cars computer. Lots of performance cars have them for real time monitoring of their performance. CalAmp is more than just a couple of pieces of hardware.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 9:26:13 PM PDT by TexasGator
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To: RoosterRedux

What you should worry about is everyone getting on board with being tracked.


6 posted on 03/13/2014 9:28:40 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: TexasGator
Please share.

My reading into CalAmp has indicated much positive work on their part, but company reviews online by their employees are quite negative.

Frankly, I haven't seen why their proprietary products could not be easily reproduced by others (i.e. GPS and acceleration and stopping abruptness and tight cornering detectors/algorithms are not patented).

7 posted on 03/13/2014 9:33:37 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: mylife
There are two worries.

One is about being tracked...and another is my investment in CAMP.

As with most inventions, they can be used for good or evil.

Of course, some are purely evil...but I don't think this is one.

It helps parents see how their children are driving so they can take action accordingly.

8 posted on 03/13/2014 9:37:29 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

It was the bit to track us all.


9 posted on 03/13/2014 9:50:50 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I have had a problem with that idea also.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 9:52:33 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

It is what it is.


11 posted on 03/13/2014 9:53:35 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and is not afraid of the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

I agree. That’s what my brother tells me once a day.


12 posted on 03/13/2014 9:57:19 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

Do they make these for 777’s?


13 posted on 03/13/2014 10:03:42 PM PDT by zipper ("The Second Amendment IS my carry permit!" -- Ted Nugent)
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To: RoosterRedux

Even though CalAMP is already down by 2%, is there a way to short this stock?

https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=stock+calamp+symbol&oq=stock+calamp+symbol&gs_l=hp.3..0i22i30.6099.33100.0.33726.19.18.0.1.1.0.346.2085.10j7j0j1.18.0....0...1c.1.37.hp..0.19.2097.JEqDHPl_3jU


14 posted on 03/13/2014 10:06:29 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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The problem with dealing with all this HTML bullshit is that after a while, even what you wanted to say gets lost in the HTMl.

http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/camp


15 posted on 03/13/2014 10:12:41 PM PDT by Kevmo ("A person's a person, no matter how small" ~Horton Hears a Who)
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To: RoosterRedux

And a motivated kid will disable the device in under a minute...


16 posted on 03/14/2014 5:32:05 AM PDT by Moltke (Sapere aude!)
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To: RoosterRedux

My teenage son has totaled 2 cars and heavily damaged a third. He’s also got two deer strikes under his belt. He is only 19. I could use this I think...


17 posted on 03/14/2014 5:38:48 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Moltke

and if he is like my teenagers we would never know it was disabled. Give a 13 year a gadget they can run it, a 16 year-old can pervert it.


18 posted on 03/14/2014 5:42:50 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: RoosterRedux
If this is what I think it is, it plugs into the OBD2 port, usually found under the dash near the steering wheel.

Some vehicles have it placed elsewhere.

All you have to do to disable it, is unplug it.

19 posted on 03/14/2014 5:44:31 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Don’t some insurance companies already have a device to do this?


20 posted on 03/14/2014 5:44:53 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: RoosterRedux
OK. Just watched about 20 seconds of the annoying video. It is the OBD2 port and unless the device shown is a prototype,the white color is easily identifiable under the dash.

Just for general information, OBD2 was installed in every vehicle 1995 and later.

21 posted on 03/14/2014 5:51:39 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: jaydubya2

Progressive insurance uses a similar device to monitor driving habits.

You can test it for free for a limited time before purchasing their policy.

And Progressive sucks!

22 posted on 03/14/2014 5:55:10 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: RoosterRedux

They might have a problem with the name “Truvolo”, which is very close to Truvelo, a manufacturer of speed cameras in the UK.


23 posted on 03/14/2014 5:56:47 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Progressive insurance uses a similar device to monitor driving habits.

You can test it for free for a limited time before purchasing their policy.

And Progressive sucks!
_________________

The Leftist Insurance company must be in the forefront of leftist tracking devices.


24 posted on 03/14/2014 5:59:22 AM PDT by Chickensoup (leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: Chickensoup

And they have the most obnoxious commercials in the history of advertising.


25 posted on 03/14/2014 6:00:43 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: RoosterRedux

“My reading into CalAmp has indicated much positive work on their part, but company reviews online by their employees are quite negative.”

I don’t have any knowledge of CalAmp BUT how do you know these are employees. Many online reviews and comments on stock blogs are written by people with motives to move the stock or merchandise.


26 posted on 03/14/2014 9:27:03 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Focault's Pendulum

“And Progressive sucks! “

Progressive’s CEO is ‘progressive’.


27 posted on 03/14/2014 9:32:41 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: Focault's Pendulum

“And Progressive sucks! “

Progressive’s CEO is ‘progressive’.


28 posted on 03/14/2014 9:32:41 AM PDT by TexasGator
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To: TexasGator
I don’t have any knowledge of CalAmp BUT how do you know these are employees. Many online reviews and comments on stock blogs are written by people with motives to move the stock or merchandise.

Hey, I saw it on the interweb...it must be true!;-)

Seriously, you are of course correct. The site is Glassdoor.com.

Some the reviews about some companies are pretty consistent and sound somewhat more credible than others but in the final analysis, who knows?

Furthermore, as an investor, I actually don't really care if the employees gripe and complain as long as management beats them like a rented mule.

29 posted on 03/14/2014 2:16:06 PM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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