The new 2016 Chevy Malibu is going to keep a watchful eye on teen drivers.
Set to debut on April 1 at the New York Auto Show, the new Malibu will feature a system called “Teen Driver.”
Teen Driver is configurable by parents and is meant to instill good habits in young drivers. For example, the system will mute all audio until both front seat passengers are buckled in. An audible warning will also sound when the teen driver breaches a given speed, set by the parent.
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Once the teen returns home, parents are able to access a display that tells them how the vehicle was driven, showing maximum speed reached, distance driven and if the car’s active safety features were activated.
The car also tracks antilock brake events, forward collision alerts and forward collision braking events. In addition to tracking driving behavior, parents can make some of the car’s safety systems undefeatable, like the stability control, park assist, blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, automatic lights and traction control.
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To use the system, a PIN will be set by parents, allowing them to register the teen’s key fob, so the car knows when he or she is driving. The service will be standard on the Premier-trim Malibus and optional on LT models equipped with the convenience package and upgraded radio.
Chevy expects the new Malibu to hit the market at the end of 2015.
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