By Billy Steele
It won’t be properly revealed until next month’s New York Auto Show, but Chevrolet is already revving up the features inside its 2016 Malibu. The mid-size sedan will pack a system called Teen Driver: a tool to help parents foster safe driving habits, even when their kids are out for a solo trip. For starters, Teen Driver will automatically mute music if any of the front-seat riders haven’ fastened their seat belts. It also offers both audio and visual warnings when the car’s speed goes above a preset limit. The system tallys driving stats for a Report Card, tracking distance, max speed, over-speed warnings and incidents that trigger stability control, antilock brakes, forward collision alerts and the forward collision braking feature.
So that Jill or Joe don’t rely on the bells and whistles that a 2016 model packs, parents can manually turn those certain safety features off when Teen Driver is employed. This means that things like blind zone alerts and traction control can be disabled so that new drivers don’t rely on them, and instead, learn good habits without the help of fancy in-car tech. The 2016 Malibu is set to debut in early April, when we’re sure to get a much more detailed demo. For now, there’s a quick survey of the features in the video below.
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Original Article: Tech inside the 2016 Chevy Malibu teaches safe driving habits