Back in September, I told you about the controversial new trend of lenders putting GPS tracking devices in cars leased to people with bad credit. Basically, people with poor credit history could still acquire a loan for a car as long as they accepted these kinds of devices in their car. But often, the gadgets include technology that can disable a car or prevent it from starting.
The practice became highly controversial when lenders allegedly began shutting down cars on the freeway and a mother was unable to drive her sick daughter to get care. Plus, should lenders have a right to track your car wherever you go? How secure are these devices from hackers? There are so many unanswered questions that make me wary of this new technology.
But now we know that it's been used for good as well. Police in Philadelphia used the tracking device installed in an alleged kidnapper's car by the dealership to track him down and rescue his victim.