Chevrolet Teen Driver keeps things under control
Introduced on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Teen Driver lets parents set limits on how they drive when the parent(s) are not with them.
Chevrolet has introduced a new safety system called Teen Driver which should drastically reduce the number of deaths and injuries among young drivers.
What is does is combine all the onboard safety systems and allows parents to view, on the vehicle’s in-car display, how their teen(s) drove the car with regard to maximum speed reached, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged.
For instance, it gives visual and audible alerts when the vehicle exceeds preset speed limits. It can also mute the sound of the radio or any device when seatbelts aren’t worn.
Teen driver was debuted late last fall during the press launch of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.
Teen Driver is not a subscription-based service, so it remains with the vehicle permanently and will be standard on higher trim models.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids where 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.”
Teen Driver is based on setting up a PIN number in the Malibu’s Settings on the available MyLink infotainment. It allows the parent to register the teen’s key fob, which turns on the system.
Once turned on it can’t be turned off and monitors:
- Distance driven;
- Maximum speed travelled;
- Over-speed warnings issued;
- Stability control events;
- Antilock brake events;
- Forward Collision Alerts, if equipped;
- Forward Collision Braking events, if equipped.
Parents can set a maximum speed allowable from 65-120 km/h.
If equipped with collision alert and braking, these and associated systems are automatically turned on and cannot be manually turned off while Teen Driver is activated.
- Stability Control;
- Front and Rear Park Assist;
- Side Blind Zone Alert;
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert;
- Forward Collision Alert;
- Daytime Running Lamps/Automatic Light Control;
- Forward Collision Braking;
- Traction Control;
- Front Pedestrian Braking.
At any time, the parent and teen can look at the “report card” of a drive and discuss any problems and work together to improve driving habits.
“The intent of the Teen Driver feature is to ensure that all drivers and passengers in the vehicle are safe,” said Shane Peever, brand manager, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers in Canada.