GM unveils parental safety controls for teen drivers

NEW YORK CITY  –  The all new 2016 Chevy Malibu, recently revealed at the New York City Autoshow, has a built-in system that promotes safety for new drivers.

In the US, the fatal crash rate for 16 to 19-year-old drivers is three times higher than the rate for drivers ages 20 and over, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

But thanks to a new technology called “Teen Driver”, parents can now breathe a little easier when their teenagers take the wheel alone.

General Motors North America President Alan Batey said, “The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is the midsize car that we designed to shatter expectations.”

GM Chief Engineer Jesse Ortega said, “It’s kinda pretty cool. If you have teenagers that are driving they get their fob, and with their fob you can code it so you can say that this is a teen driver. Then you can go in as a parent and you can set the maximum speed before a chime comes on.”

Parents can select a maximum speed between 40 to 75 miles per hour. If exceeded, Teen Driver activates a visual warning and audible chime.

Teen Driver can also mute the radio until front safety belts are buckled and the radio’s maximum volume can also be set to a lower level.

At the end of a drive cycle, parents can also access an in-vehicle report card of their teen’s driving.

“It will say Raphael drove 200 miles. He went over the speed limit eight times. He had to put on the active cruise control seven times. And you can help coach your children as they’re learning to drive.” Ortega said.

Chevrolet Safety Engineer Maryann Beebe said, “I have children who will be driving even before I know it. It makes me feel good to know that technologies like this will be available when my children start becoming teen drivers themselves.”

The 2016 Malibu is expected to go on sale at the end of 2015.

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