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GM’s Teen Driver: Innovative Safety Technology in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu


The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu hopes to take the stress out of handing the keys to your teen driver. Chevrolet is unveiling Teen Driver, a technology for parents to monitor and regulate their teen on the road, with the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

General Motors states, “The fatal crash rate for 16-19 year olds in the U.S. is nearly three times higher than drivers ages 20 and over.” Can anything be done to reduce fatal crashes for 16-19 year olds? Chevrolet thinks they have a solution to reduce this rate.

Purpose of Teen Driver

Let’s be honest, between ages 16 and 19, we probably all made a lot of stupid driving mistakes. Teen Driver is designed to help develop safe driving habits early. Some may consider this tool to be an invasion of privacy, but GM hopes this technology will promote driving education and dialogue between parents and teens.

What Parents Can Control

Teen Driver is not a subscription-based service, it is a permanent feature of the vehicle. This feature will monitor your teens driving performance and create an in-vehicle report card with the following data:

© General Motors

© General Motors

Parents are virtually in the passenger seat with the ability to set a maximum speed between 40-75 mph. If this speed is exceeded, a visual warning will appear and audible chime will sound. Parents can also establish a lower maximum radio volume.

When Will You See It

2016 Chevrolet Malibu teaser photo ©General Motors

2016 Chevrolet Malibu teaser photo ©General Motors

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu with Teen Driver will debut April 1 at the 2015 New York Auto Show. This year’s Malibu plans to drop around 300 pounds, improve interior space and strut a more sophisticated appearance.

Want more insights on the current Chevrolet Malibu? Check out, Chevrolet Malibu VS Chevrolet Impala.

Other Responsible Driving Technology

Chevrolet isn’t the first to attempt creating a safe driving feature for teens. Ford MyKey was released in 2009 with a similar goal in mind. With Ford MyKey, you select one key to be the MyKey, and the other key to be the administrator. When the administrator key is used, the vehicle will have standard driving settings. The administrator key can change or remove the settings for the MyKey driver.

Ford MyKey

Ford MyKey

When the MyKey is in the ignition, the vehicle will chime and the radio will remain muted when the front seat belts are not buckled. The low fuel warning will sound earlier than normal. Like Teen Driver, warning safety features will be automatically locked on. The administrator can set top speed, speed warnings and limit maximum radio volume.

Still deciding on the right vehicle for your teen? Check out our Top 10 Vehicles for Teens.

What do you think of Teen Driver? Is this an invasion of privacy or an effective educational tool? Let us know in the comments if you would use this with your teen.

Dustin "Dusty" Rhodes

A fan of nice round numbers and working on tiny European cars, Dusty is the proud owner of a '58 Lloyd 600, a '50 FIAT 500, and is currently on the hunt for a Vespa 400. And, despite all that repair work, he still finds time to write about cars. 

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