Parental Control

Parental Control

It’s possible to detect and identify each driver with the AutoPi. This can be done by connecting a NFC or Bluetooth connector to your AutoPi. With another device (Chip, RFID or smart device) you can identify the driver and set up special rules for this driver. Let’s say your son/daughter just acquired their driving license, but you are not too keen on them driving your vehicle.


You can then set speed limits and get notifications when these limits are violated. You can also set up audible alarms inside your vehicle, to warn the driver of unwanted driving behavior. It’s even possible to set up Geofences to ensure that the vehicle stays with certain geographical boundaries.


An illustration of how AutoPi can work as a parental control

How to do it?

All those possibilities can be set up within the AutoPi dashboard. In case you want to know more or are struggling with installation, please contact sales@autopi.io.


Benefits of parental control

Parental control has plenty of benefits for you as an owner of the vehicle. AutoPi can detect and identify each driver of the vehicle. It is possible to establish some boundaries and limitations on a specific user, such as your child. AutoPi will send you notifications when the driver drives too fast or violates any other rules. AutoPi is also able to send out sound alarms to the driver within the vehicle and warn him/her. Remember it can also be set up to send you remote notifications when the driver doesn't fasten the seatbelt


Setting up geofences is also a possibility with AutoPi. You might not want your child to go to some specific areas or places, which can be tracked with AutoPi, and you can get notified. Read more about it below.




Did you know?
Most common cause of death among teens is from motor vehicle traffic accidents. cdc.gov

So after you realize that the solution isn’t to ground you son for life, what do you do to feel more at ease? A solution could be to limit the possibilities of the vehicle, with speed and range limits. Not because you don't trust you family and want to monitor them, but because you want to coach them in being a better driver. For everybody’s sake.


Did you know?
Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. cdc.gov - teen driver factsheet

With AutoPi it's now possible to setup limits for how your vehicle is used and sounding in-car alarms to the driver, letting them know that something is wrong. All of this can be made in a user based configuration. It is possible to build your own vehicle parental control and have full flexibility and configuration possibilities with it. You can set the system up just like you want. In fact, the biggest difference between AutoPi and conventional parental control systems, is that with AutoPi everything is flexible from a user perspective. You can alter and configure everything, nothing is locked.

What is AutoPi?

AutoPi is a small device that plugs into the OBD-II port of your car.

Once connected, the AutoPi device will automatically start working. It has 4G/3G connectivity, so it is always connected to the Internet. It also comes with a lot of other features, one is continuous GPS tracking.

It comes with an online dashboard, that you can login to from any device. From here you can setup your system and do real-time tracking of your vehicle telematics. You can even send commands back to the car.

What exactly does Teen Driver mode on AutoPi mean?

There are a lot of function that can be categorized under Teen Driver mode and which can be implemented using the AutoPi. Common for all is that when implemented using AutoPi, they can be tailored and customized just to you likings. You can combine them in any way you want and even setup new rules, based on you need. We have tried to list a few of the most common uses of the Teen Driver mode. 

Mute radio if rules are not obeyed
Study shows that one of the typical reasons to traffic related incidents is inattention. We are busy keeping our eyes on everything else than the road ahead of us. Loud music is one distraction, which can be controlled using the AutoPi. Examples of rules controlling the radio could be:

  • Mute radio if speed limit is exceeded
  • Mute radio if seatbelt warning is on
  • Mute radio if a RPM limit is exceeded (no burnouts)

Controlling radio with autopi parental control mode




Sound/speak alert in the car

AutoPi comes with build in speaker. Through an if-this-then-that based setup it would be possible to sound alerts in the car, to warn the driver of misuse of the car. AutoPi can even hook up to a speak engine (such as Googles) and speak an exact text to the user of the vehicle. Examples could be:

  • Sound buzzer in car if RPM limit exceeded
  • Speak text in car if speed limit exceeded. (using a voice translator e.g. Google Voice API), like “Speed limit exceeded. Slow down now”



SMS/Email alerts to other users
Besides alerts in the car, the AutoPi system is also able to send alerts to other users. Messages can be send via SMS/email/social medias. An example of such a use could be:

  • Send a SMS to the owner of the car if speed limit is exceeded
  • Send an email to the owner of the car if a Geo Fence is breached



Geofences

A geofence is a way of setting up rules based on the geographical location of the vehicle. This is very useful if you want to setup rules within a specific area. Or the other way around, if you want to forbid access to certain areas. An example of using geofences could be:
  • Sound buzzer in car if geofence is breached
  • Speak text in car if geofence is breached (using a voice translator i.e. Google Voice API), like “Geo-fence breached, please return to allowed area”


how to set up geofences with autopi parental control mode



Curfew times
A curfew is a way of limit the use of the vehicle, based on time. You could limit the use of the car to daytime only. An example could be:

  • Curfew between 11PM and 7AM. Speak text in car if curfew is in less than 30 minutes
Any combination of all of the above could be made using the built in if-this-then-that system. And the rules could be combined with a lot of other systems as well. You configure your own system and setup the rules you want to enforce and who you want to enforce them on. 


The image below gives an overview of how the flow of information is between all systems and how they work together:


how the parental control mode actually works with autopi


The user is identified on entering the car, this can be done through Bluetooth. The AutoPi Telematics Unit connects to the car and ensures communication with the car. User based rules are downloaded to the AutoPi dongle from a cloud dashboard. Warnings to the owner of the car is send from the Cloud. Warnings to the driver of the car is send through the built in speaker. 


We hope this gave you an idea of how the AutoPi can help to increase safety in your car, and how AutoPi works as an IoT platform to extend the usage of your car.

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