GM Develops System to Fight Distracted Driving

It’s not shocking to anybody anymore; teen drivers are guilty of distracted driving more often than we once may have imagined.

Teens between the ages of 16 and 19 have a higher rate of involvement in deadly distracted driving accidents than any other age group. With the reports concerning the increase in the number of distracted driving nationwide have begun hitting the news and as a result, many of us have felt pressured to act. But how far can we go if technology continues to offer teens the opportunity to use their phones and other electronics while behind the wheel?

Many experts have already indicated that focusing on laws alone may not be the definitive solution, so what should we do to put an end to distracted driving, especially among teen drivers? General Motors may have the solution.

New Technology Could Help Curb Distracted Driving Risks

According to a series of news reports, GM has recently developed a new system that will be available on the 2016 Chevy Malibu that could be widely available in the future. The system is known as the Teen Driver system and it allows parents to monitor their kids remotely. The system could help to keep teens from embracing an unsafe behavior.

The pre-installed system is able to manage the vehicle’s radio, for instance. Instead of allowing the teen to listen to the radio, the technology may be set up to only be turned on once the driver buckles the seat belt.

The radio’s max volume can also be set previously by the teen’s parents. The lower volume levels may help to keep the teen focused on the road since many distracted driving accidents happen because of loud music.

According to GM, the technology could also help parents to keep their children safe by entering a maximum speed for the car. The speed limit can go anywhere from 40 to 75 mph. The technology would trigger a warning once the speed limit is reached so the teen driver is notified. An audible chime will also be launched.

Other features added to the vehicle would be activated when the car is in the ‘Teen Driver’ mode. Some of the features that could promote safety include blind zone alert, automatic light control, traction control, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, and front and rear park assist.

Before parents are able to use the system, they will have to create a PIN so they may register the teen’s key fob. Once the technology is activated, the vehicle will become a safer car for the inexperienced driver who still has a hard time focusing.

The technology also generates a report that offers parents an outlook of what their teens have been doing as drivers.

If you’re curious to know more about this technology, follow this link to read the full article.


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