GM will soon launch its own take on in-car nanny, rivalling Ford’s MyKey tech with the upcoming Teen Safety system.
The system, which will first launch with the new Chevrolet/Holden Malibu sedan, is designed to manage the functions available to a driver and to report on the driver’s performance.
In keeping with the system’s teen-focused purpose, that latter function is called ‘Report Card’, collating details on specific aspects of the driver’s time behind the wheel.
Accessing the Report Card window allows the vehicle’s owner to review basic details like distance driven, along with the maximum speed reached during their trip, the number of alerts and warnings given, and how often the stability-control system was forced to intervene.
Other functions include a maximum speed setting (rather than disable higher speeds, a deliberately irritating alarm sounds when the defined speed is exceeded), and an automatic muting of the audio system until seat-belts are buckled.
Safety features can also be disabled by the vehicle’s owner, ostensibly as a means of forcing their teen to master their own instincts and form good habits, rather than rely on automated headchecks (blindspot monitor) and similar tech.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids - they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe said.
Of course, these settings and the report card can only be accessed when a PIN has been entered.
The new Malibu will make its global debut at the New York Auto Show on April 1. Holden has yet to confirm an Australian launch for the new model.
In 2014, the current Malibu managed just 1635 sales, and year-to-date figures have only just topped 150 units.
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