2016 Chevrolet Malibu Offers Teen Driving Safety Systems

System includes radio restrictions, safety warnings, and driving report card.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 16-19-year-olds have a fatal crash rate that is nearly three times the rate for drivers ages 20 and over. Chevrolet is doing its part to reduce that number with a new teen driver-focused technology making its official debut on the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. The technology, called Teen Driver, is meant to assist both the new driver and his or her parents by allowing the guardians to keep tabs on their child's time behind the wheel.

Cars equipped with the Teen Driver system utilize a specially encoded key for the teen, which communicates with the car and automatically engages the Teen Driver system in the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. Once the system is activated, the driver cannot engage the radio or entertainment systems, including paired devices, until the seatbelt is buckled. The maximum radio volume can be pre-restricted, along with maximum speed warnings, and vehicle safety systems will all be enabled while the teen driver is behind the wheel.

The Teen Driver system also includes a recording system that allows the guardian to view a driving "report card," that details the maximum speed achieved, distance and time driven, and number of times safety systems like crash monitoring, stability control, and lane departure were activated during the drive.

Ford has provided a similar system, called the Ford MyKey, which includes most of the features of Chevrolet's new Teen Driver, but without the recorded safety system initiations. However, Ford MyKey comes with a pre-programmable restricted speed, allowing the equipped vehicles to have the inability to exceed a preset top speed. The Teen Driver system comes standard with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Premier trim, and optional on LT models equipped with the Convenience package.

"We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids -- they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits," GM safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe said in a statement.

The all-new, 2016 Chevrolet Malibu makes its official debut at the upcoming 2015 New York auto show. Chevrolet has already shown the car in a teaser and confirmed that it will grow in length to improve interior space, and will be as much as 300 pounds lighter than today's model.

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