Attention Parents, Now You Can Keep Track of Your Teen's Driving Habits
Here's some new technology that parents are sure to love.
New teen drivers, however? Um, not so much.
It's kind of like having mom right there in the car with you!
Elisabeth Hasselbeck got in the driver's seat of a Chevy Malibu this morning to take a look at some of the parent-friendly features being unveiled by the automaker.
Maryann Beebe, a Chevrolet safety engineer, highlighted the speed limit warnings that can be used. Beebe said parents can set a speed limit and if the teen exceeds that limit, it gives the driver a visual and audio warning.
Mom might eventually be able to record her own voice to warn her teen that he or she is driving too fast!
It also allows mom or dad to set an audio volume limit to prevent distracted driving.
The system then generates a driver's report card (below) for parents to review. It will track the total distance driven, the highest speed limit that was reached, and the amount of "over-speed" warnings
The "forward collision avoidance braking" number tracks how many times the driver is not braking alertly enough and therefore risking a crash.
Beebe said the system is intended to be a teaching tool so that parents can sit down with their teen driver and go over what they might need to improve on behind the wheel.
The teen driver system will automatically activate when the teen's key is used to start the car.
Beebe pointed out that car crashes are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens, making this technology all the more worthwhile for a parent to consider.
The Malibu, which Beebe described as midsize and appropriate for a family, has a starting price of $22,000.
Take a look at the clip above and let us know: would you invest in this system for your new teen driver?