Automakers Adding Features To Make Driving Safer For Teens

Tuesday, December 8th 2015, 11:04 am
By: News 9

About six teenagers are killed every day in car crashes. That number shocked some of the world's largest automakers who are now adding features to cars designed to make driving safer for teens.

A 2016 Chevrolet Malibu may not be the car 16-year-olds want. But it's one many parents have dreamed of. That's because it comes with a system called "Teen Driver." It allows parents to program their child's key fob so the car knows where their teen is driving. Also, if the seat belt is not on, the radio won't turn on either.

Parents can also set a maximum speed limit, and if teens go over it, mom and dad get a warning.

Chevrolet is just one of several car companies adding features like this. Ford's "My Key" has similar settings. Hyundai's "Blue Link" sends parents a text if their child drives too far from home.

Back to the Chevrolet Malibu, parents can also get a report card from their child's car. It shows how far they drove, top speed, and if they were in any near collisions.