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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Will Give Teens a Driving Report Card

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/20/2015 Erick Ayapana

Attention teens: if you misbehave while driving your parents’ 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, they’re going to know about. That’s because the 2016 Malibu will be offered with a new Teen Driver system that will provide a “report card” among other safety features.

The report card is a long list of stats that includes the highest speed reached during your drive. Parents can also set a warning (audible and visual) to go off if a preset maximum speed is exceeded and the report card will show how many times that overspeed warning went off. The system will keep tabs on forward collision alerts and forward collision avoidance braking -- if those features are constantly triggered then there’s a good chance you’ve been texting and driving (tsk, tsk). 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teen Driver© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teen Driver

Additionally, the system will mute the stereo system until the front passengers fasten their seatbelts. Parents create a PIN to prevent teens from messing with the settings and the system can be linked and activated by specific key fobs. The system is standard on the 2016 Malibu with the Premier trim and will be optional on LT models. The system will likely make its way into other GM models after the 2016 Malibu goes on sale at the end of this year.

Other automakers like Ford offer similar systems. Ford MyKey, for example, allows parents to limit stereo volume, prevent the vehicle from exceeding 80 mph, and block incoming phone calls and text messages. 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Profile Teaser Photo© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Profile Teaser Photo

Source: GM

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