Next time you rent a car, you better be on your best behavior -- you never know who might be watching .
As reported in ZDNet News, Mr. James Turner of Connecticut is suing a local car rental company, Acme Rent-a-Car, after it used an onboard Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor his driving and then fined him $450 for allegedly speeding.
When Mr. Turner returned the car, he was amazed to find $450 had been taken directly out of his debit account, which he had used to rent the car. According to the rental agency, Mr. Turner had been monitored speeding in the car on three instances. The agency was even able to pinpoint the map coordinates where the alleged violations had occurred. Spooky.
Mr. Turner filed suit in small claims court and has filed a claim with the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, saying he was not made aware of the policy. Acme claims to use the satellite technology to track lost or stolen rental vehicles and fine customers for behavior it calls "dangerous" -- as if spying on customers would fall into a different category. The company can even disable the car remotely if it doesnt like the way someone is treating one of its cars. According to news reports, Acme claims the policy is printed at the top of its rental agreement.
Ah disclaimers, somehow they seem to make everything all right.2001