2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Silverado to Feature Teen Driver Technology | Edmunds

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Silverado to Feature Teen Driver Technology

DETROIT — Chevrolet is expanding its Teen Driver technology to more vehicles, including the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV and Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.

Other vehicles include the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe and Volt.

Teen Driver is designed to encourage "certain safe driving practices," according to Chevrolet.

It mutes the radio or the audio of any paired device when front seat occupants aren't wearing their seat belts. It also gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds and lets parents limit the maximum volume of the radio.

The technology also prevents disabling of safety features, including lane departure warning and forward collision alert.

"Chevrolet developed this system as a tool that can give teens some additional coaching as they're gaining experience," MaryAnn Beebe, Chevrolet safety engineer, said in a statement. "Driving on your own is a big milestone for teens, and Teen Driver helps to remind them to practice safe driving."

Parents can also keep track of how their teen driver is doing, courtesy of an in-vehicle "report card" that shows how the vehicle was driven.

To use the system, a parent registers a teen's key fob in the vehicle's system settings.

Chevrolet commissioned a Harris Poll online survey in June that found that 55 percent of parents with teens worry about driving, compared with 52 percent who worry about drugs and alcohol and 53 percent who worry about grades.

The Ford MyKey system also gives parents the ability to encourage safe driving.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers who want to keep track of teen driving might want to consider Chevrolet's Teen Driver technology.

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