Chevy shows off "Teen Driver" feature

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jan 12, 2016

To keep parents calm as their teens take the roads solo, Chevy's introduced the feature, "Teen Driver" in the new Malibu.

Chevrolet Communications Manager, Chad Lyons, explained, "Get a couple of key fobs when you buy your car. And one can be for your teen and one can be for you as a parent. Once the teen is inside the car, the car automatically recognizes the teen is driving."

And, the music won't turn on until everyone buckles their seat belt.

"You can see "Teen Driver" is active. It automatically notifies the teen. And also, basically all of the safety features that are in the car are turned on automatically and they can't be turned off," Lyons said.

Parents set those. They can decide how high the volume can be, how fast their driver can go and how far they can travel. That's all recorded in the report card.

Lyons explained, "So for instance, they said I'm gonna go visit my friend Timmy that lives ten miles away and it says 20, they can have a conversation. What's the maximum speed and, more importantly, what are some of the active safety features that were enabled."

Like stability control.

"When there's not weather like today, it usually means you're accelerating too fast or you're turning corners too fast," Lyons said.

And, when the teen has to break in a panic.

"If the car senses you're too close to another car and you're gonna crash because you're going too fast, it'll beep and it'll record it right here," Lyons said. "So basically, you can have a conversation with your kid and say 'hey here are some areas where you can do better, here are some things that you need to watch.'"

To make them a better driver for their safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.

"If we can save one life that matters," Lyons said. "We want to help them learn safe driving habits."

Like other GM vehicles, Chevy also has Apple Car Play and Android Auto.

Both allow you to keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes forward, while still being able to send texts and listen to texts, as well as talk on the phone.