New Nanny System called “Teen Driver” Helps Keep An Eye On Kids Behind the Wheel
If you haven’t heard yet, Chevrolet plans to unveil the all-new 2016 Malibu at the 2015 New York International Auto Show this April. Chevrolet has teased a couple of photos, and just let out another piece of information that parents, or even spouses who don’t trust their significant others’ driving skills, will absolutely love.
It’s a new nanny system called “Teen Driver” and what it does is what some parents might call a God-send. We surely all remember being teenagers and finally getting the rite of passage of being able to drive — Finally! Most of us also didn’t have a car as soon as we got our license… So what did we do? Borrow Mom or Dad’s car.. of course! What we did, where we went, was none of your parent’s business as long as we were behind the wheel, and you did eventually come home with the groceries you were asked to get while you were out.
Well now we’re all grown up and have, or we’re about to have, teens getting ready to drive – Now we know why our parents were so anxious. After being in their shoes, you KNOW how irresponsible some teen drivers can be, especially with the technology available that causes distractions that we never even had. For a number of reasons, teens are the cause of a great percentage of traffic accidents. (You can read more about that from the CDC here.) So, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way we could tell how our teen is driving when you’re not in the passenger’s seat?
Yes. It would. We think, anyway. “Teen Driver” on the new 2016 Malibu will be the revolutionary technology tool to put your mind and heart at ease allowing you to promote safe driving habits. Here are some of the things you’ll be able to control with this new system:
- While most parents would probably love to limit the highest speed of the vehicle, the system doesn’t do exactly that, but will warn a teen visually or audibly when he/she is traveling over preset speeds. So for example, if you live in a town where the max speed is 55 MPH, you can set an audio or visual warning when that speed is exceeded to tell the teen to slow down.
- To ensure that people are using seatbelts, you could tell the system to mute the audio of the radio, or devices paired with the car until both driver and passenger fasten up.
- You can set a limit on how loud your teen can blast the radio, because we all know how they love doing that.
- There is also a report card function that saves data from when your brand new Chevy was in your teen’s possession including: max speed, how many miles they drove, and how many times the active safety features (rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, etc.) were engaged.
The Teen Driver feature will be standard on the 2016 Malibu’s Premier trim and optional on LT models if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. To enable the feature, the parent simply sets a PIN through the Chevrolet MyLink system, which allows you to register your teen’s key fob (or, the one that they primarily use).
What do you think?
As we mentioned briefly before, we think that this is an absolutely awesome bit of technology that would help both put parents of new drivers at ease when giving their kids a little bit more freedom on the road, and at the same time, help teens practice safe-driving. We hope it does make a difference and lessens the risk of accidents caused by inexperienced drivers and we’re excited to see what other models will adopt this same feature on Chevrolet’s lineup. What do you think about it? Share your thoughts and opinions by leaving a comment below! We’d also love to hear how you implement (or have implemented) safe driving techniques & practices for your teens.
The redesigned mid-sized sedan is expected to arrive at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, North Carolina, in the last quarter of 2015. To received a notification on its arrival, fill out the contact form below, or subscribe to our blog to keep up with updates on the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as we receive more details!