As if grades on a school report card weren’t enough for students to fear, now the 2016 Chevy Malibu gives parents a driving report card after each teen trip. A special PIN-linked key triggers the Teen Driver monitoring system, which debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto Show last week.
Distance traveled, speed limits, and tallies of how many times key safety features were engaged (like stability control and antilock brakes) are all reported to Mom and Dad. Parents also can set a limit on top speeds and audio volume levels.
General Motors safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe says they developed the system as a teaching tool for parents to discuss safe driving with their kids. While the system doesn’t address texting, status updating, loud passengers, or other distractions, the report cards are a great way to start safe driving conversations with teens.
What do you think? Is this a bonus safety feature for parents, or overprotective? Will other car companies follow suit?
General Motors plans to roll the feature out to its full line of Chevy models in the future. Read more at The Detroit News.