The two-seater “state-of-the-art” car has been in development for the past nine months.

While this may seem like an early April Fools’ Day joke, it’s not. The two-seater is being engineered by Young Driver Motor Cars Limited, a division of Young Driver, the biggest provider of pre-17 driving lessons in United Kingdom. Car designer Chris Johnson is in charge of drawing the body described as having contemporary styling and being previewed in the attached early drawing.

Created specifically for children ages 5 to 10, the car will be powered by dual electric motors and will be able to reach a top speed of 10 mph (16 kph). It will benefit from front and rear disc brakes and is set to receive an independent suspension.

It’s being developed in both right- and left-hand drive configurations and will be able to detect obstacles and automatically come to a stop in case of an imminent collision. It will come bundled with a remote control which will allow parents to stop the car if necessary.

The car will be previewed at the 2016 Gadget Show Live (March 31 - April 3) set to be organized at the National Exhibition Center (NEC) in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Kids will be given the opportunity to take one of the four working chassis for a spin and provide feedback that will be put to good use during the final development phase. At the same event, children ages 10 to 17 will have the possibility participate in a Young Driver lesson with dual-control Skoda Citigos.

An official introduction of the purpose-built car is set for May this year and will be available only at select Young Driver venues in U.K. The cars will be driven on specially designed road systems allowing kids to perform a variety of maneuvers, stop at junctions, reverse, and park.

Source: Young Driver

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