As teenagers prepare to hit the road for the first time, Chevrolet wants to make sure their parents can trust them when they drive. Posted by Fox Business, we stumbled across a news short about the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu’s new Teen Driver safety feature.
Dubbed Teen Driver, this new feature to be utilized in the upcoming Chevrolet Malibu is the first in the industry to provide parents with a report card that is stored in the display of the vehicle. When active, Teen Driver automatically mutes the radio until the driver and passenger seat belts are fastened.
Furthermore, parents can also limit the radio’s maximum volume, further lowering the amount of distractions every driver faces when they drive. These days, teenagers want to play their music loud and show off to their friends that they can drive.
What’s more, Teen Driver also allows parents to select a maximum speed between 40 and 75 mph, which in turn activates a visual warning and audible chime if the given speed is surpassed.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Moreover, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety claims the fatal crash rate per mile driven for 16 to 19 year olds in the United States is almost three times rate for drivers over the age of 20.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids — they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said MaryAnn Beebe, engineering specialist at General Motors.
Not to mention, a Chevrolet Malibu with Teen Driver can also track: speeding warnings issued, distance driven, antilock brake events, stability control events and maximum speed traveled. It may sound like much, but technology is slowly allowing parents to gain trust with their kids while they drive.
Teen Driver will come standard in the Malibu Premier and as an option on the Malibu LT models equipped with the Convenience Package and upgraded radio. Also, the Teen Driver feature will not be a subscription-based service and will be installed permanently in the vehicle.
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