Teen Driving Tech is Coming Soon to the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu
With the close of Labor Day weekend, millions of American teenagers are now heading back to school, and many of them will drive to class for the first time ever. For parents, this can be nerve-wracking. However, new in-car technology is on the way that will help ensure today’s teen drivers are safer than ever before. Announced earlier this year, Chevrolet will launch its new Teen Driver system on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, which goes on sale late in 2015. The system allows parents to monitor their teen’s driving habits and enable safeguards to deter unsafe practices. For instance, the program will mute the radio audio if front seat occupants aren’t wearing seatbelts, and it can set a maximum volume level altogether. According to USA Today, Teen Driver will eventually become available on all Chevrolet vehicles in the future. Ford has instated a similar system, MyKey, which is now offered on a wide range of Ford passenger vehicles. RELATED: Take a Closer Look at the Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
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To activate the system, parents will designate a specific key fob for their teen driver. When that key is in use, the car will issue audible and visual warnings if its speed exceeds a predetermined limit. Additionally, on-board safety systems will remain on while the teen driver is at the wheel, which include forward collision alert, parking assists, and forward collision and pedestrian braking.
Teen Driver also offers a report card (photo above) detailing the car’s top speed, distance driven, and which active safety features were engaged during a trip, such as if stability control kicked in.
Chevrolet says the system will come standard on the 2016 Malibu in the Premier trim level, as well as an option on LT models with the Convenience Package.
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