April 2, 2009

Speed Demon device promotes safe driving

The U.S. inventor of the Speed Demon device that monitors drivers' speeds in relation to their location says it is intended to promote safe driving.

Massachusetts resident Jonathan Fischer, 20, said while his invention could be used by parents to monitor their teenage children's driving habits, his main focus in creating Speed Demon was basic driver safety, The Boston Globe said Thursday.

As a teenager, I feel that teens deserve their privacy, he said. My device only alerts when you're driving dangerously. Drive safe, and you get to keep your privacy.

The $250 device can be programmed to alert a driver when speed limits are exceeded. The device, which also has a $15 a month service fee, uses global positioning system navigation to determine if a driver is on the interstate or a basic road.

The Globe said the device also comes equipped with an emergency panic button that contacts the Speed Demon owner's home, along with a curfew setting that creates an alert if the car is used during designated hours.