New Teen Driver System

March 24th, 2015 by


“General Motors Co. Friday said it will debut a new Teen Driver system on its redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu that mutes the radio when front seat passengers haven’t buckled up and give parents a report card of their teen’s trip.

Teens also will get an audible and visual warning if a vehicle travels over pre-set speeds (between 40 and 75 miles per hour) by Mom and Dad. Radio volume can be set to a lower level that can’t be exceeded.

GM called its system a first in the auto industry that can let parents view on the car’s display how their teen drove the car. Teen Driver can tell parents the distance the car was driven, its maximum speed during a trip, the number of speed warnings, stability control events and antilock brake events. And if the car is equipped with the technology, Teen Driver will also tell if the car had any forward collision alerts and forward collision braking events.

“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids — they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” GM safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe, said in a statement. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”

In the U.S., 16- to 19-year-olds have a fatal crash rate per mile that is three times higher the rate of drivers age 20 and up, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

GM said Teen Driver will be standard on the Premier trim model and optional on LT models with GM’s convenience package and up-level radio. The system does not require a subscription but parents must create a PIN number and register their teen’s key fob using the car’s MyLink infotainment system.

The carmaker will unveil the 2016 Malibu in early April at the New York International Auto Show. The 2016 midsize car is expected to go on sale late in the year.” from The Detroit News

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