Škoda launches geofencing function to notify parents when youngsters drive too far afield

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Car-sharing parents can now use Škoda Connect’s handy geofencing function to let them know if their children venture further afield in the car than planned.

Over half of youngsters aged between 17 and 24 years rely on their parents financially to keep them driving once they’ve passed their test and carsharing can be a cost-effective solution.

The Škoda Connect app features a geofencing service that enables parents to set an area on a map that they want their children to stay within when they borrow the car. It is ideal for when the parents are on holiday and don’t want their offspring at home racking up the miles driving up and down the country.

It works in one of two ways. Users can set a green area on the map in which the car is allowed to move freely. The car owner will be notified via the app on their smartphone if the car moves outside this area. This means youngsters can no longer give a vague description of their planned journey. Similarly, parents can identify a red area in which they don’t want the car driven at all.

What’s more, the geofencing function can be tailored to be active only on set days and times, in order to stop arguments over who is meant to have the car on certain days. The app enables multiple areas to be monitored and parents can have up to four area notifications active at the same time.

The Škoda Connect app enables drivers to access a host of information about the status of their car instantly. Car owners can check features ranging from fuel levels and driving data, to whether or not the car is locked, or pinpointing its exact position in a busy car lot.

The Škoda Connect app is free to download from the AppStore and Google Play store and works with the Škoda Connect online services package.

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