Starting this fall, Chevrolet will equip nine more of its vehicles with its Teen Driver technology, a feature valued by many parents concerned with the safety of their young-adult drivers, reports Automotive News.
Chevrolet’s Teen Driver safety tech is designed to monitor driving habits while also blocking some vehicle features; it also forces all active safety systems on at all times.
The system works by letting parents pre-program a key to engage the Teen Driver tech; any time that key is used to access the vehicle, the system is activated.
Upon starting the vehicle, the safety system will render the radio unavailable until front-seat occupants buckle their seat belts.
Once rolling, it will warn the driver if they are exceeding a pre-set speed limit, and will prevent the driver from disabling active safety technologies, such as lane-departure monitoring. The maximum volume of the audio system can also be pre-set by parents.
The feature’s monitoring technology keeps a close eye on driver control inputs, and will later alert parents of errant driving via its “vehicle-generated report card.”
Instances of full-throttle application and ABS-engagement are included in the vehicle report card, warning parents of close-calls and aggressive sport driving, as well as driving on hazardous, slippery roads.
All Chevrolet vehicles equipped with the Teen Driver feature also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment, in an effort to curtail mobile phone use by teen drivers.
“Driving on your own is a big milestone for teens, and Teen Driver helps to remind them to practice safe driving,” said MaryAnn Beebe, a Chevy safety engineer.
“And for parents, it’s easier to give guidance to your teen when you have some information on what they’re doing behind the wheel,” adds Beebe.
Starting this fall, teen driver tech will come standard on the 2017 Bolt, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt, and the service is complimentary for the life of the vehicle.