General Motors intends to assuage teen driving accidents with a new system that allows parents, even when they are not in the car, to overseer their young adults driving habits.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teens in the United States. Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and this new system is a strategy that can improve the safety of young drivers.
In fact, nearly 2,650 teens aged 16–19 were killed and almost 292,000 were treated in emergency departments for injuries from motor-vehicle accidents. This means that seven teens ages 16 to 19 dies every day from motor vehicle injuries.
Because compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use and they are more likely to speed up than adult drivers.
“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids—they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” said General Motors safety engineer Mary Ann Beebe.
The innovative system of GM then, that is hailed as Teen Drive offers a bunch of features that are intended to promote safe driving. For example, the vehicle will automatically mute the radio and any paired device in the car when the front seat occupants are not wearing seatbelts. In addition, it will give audible and visual forewarnings if the vehicle travels faster than the fixed speeds.
Parents can also set the radio system’s maximum volume to a lower level, and pre-set maximum speed of about 40 and 75 miles per hour, and when the teen exceeds it activates safety warnings.
What’s more unnerving for teens is that the new system made available for the parents to look at a record of how their teens drove the car. That is comprised of how fast they went, the distance they drove, and if the teens have prompted any active safety feature like over-speeding.
The said Teen Drive technology will be made available for the 2016 Malibu as a customary feature in the Premier vehicle and optional with the LT model. The 2016 Malibu will launch at the New York Auto Show and is expected to go on sale at the end of the year.
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