Chrysler's cooked up a novel method of informing drivers in the US whether their cars have been stolen. If your Chrysler, Dodge or Jeep is moved while you're not inside it, it'll send a text message to your phone telling you someone's made off with it.
Better still, it'll also text you about the driving habits of people you've authorised to drive your car. It'll text you to tell you how fast they're driving and how far they've gone -- the idea being that you can keep tabs on your teenage kid, wife or anyone else that may have borrowed your motor.
The technology, dubbed the Electronic Vehicle Tracking System, is provided by Mopar, Chrysler's motor parts division. It consists of a GPS vehicle locator, a cellular data unit and can be bought with three levels of service – base, silver and gold.
The Base plan, which will set you back $459 (£284) plus installation costs, allows Chrysler to locate your vehicle if it's stolen, but doesn't inform the driver directly as to the car's whereabouts.
The $149 (£92) per year Silver plan includes the "Security Fence" feature, which lets owners set speed and distance parameters for their vehicles. If those parameters are exceeded, a text alert is sent to the registered keeper. It also features an on-board panic button that calls the emergency services, arrival and departure alerts, as well as historic trace maps of wherever the vehicle's been driven, accessible up to 200 times per year.
The top-level Gold Plan, which costs $249 (£154) per year, has the same features as the Silver plan but allows unlimited online tracking so you can stalk the hell out of people you lend your car to.
Chrysler's not yet committed to launching the service in the UK but we'll let you know if and when it becomes available.