Chevrolet is paying special attention to teenage drivers when it comes to the automaker’s new 2016 Malibu. The all-new model will debut Teen Driver, a system that provides tools to encourage safe teen driving habits. Not only that, but it will tell parents how their teens are doing when they get behind the wheel.
We are talking about teens here, so one big way Teen Driver promotes safe driving habits is by muting the radio, or any device paired with the vehicle, when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts. It also gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds.
Parents will also love this one. It has a built-in system that allows them to view on a display how their teenager drove the vehicle. They can find out how fast they went, how far they drove and how many times the system had to kick in to stop dangerous behavior.
“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 General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, deadly crashes per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over in the U.S.
Note, the Teen Driver system is not a subscription-based service, meaning it’s always available on Malibu’s equipped with the option. It will be standard on the Premier trim and optional on LT models if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. To use Teen Driver, a parent must first turn it on by creating a PIN in the Settings menu of their available MyLink system, which then allows them to register their teen’s key fob. The system’s settings are turned on only to registered key fobs.
“The first step with this technology is to make sure that all drivers and passengers within the car are safe,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet car marketing director. “In addition to innovative safety technologies like this, you will see efficiency, advanced connectivity and stunning design in the 2016 Malibu.”
The 2016 Malibu debuts at the New York Auto Show in early April and is expected to go on sale at the end of this year.