Is this technology a great tool for parents who want to keep an eye on their teens while they’re behind the wheel, or another weapon in a helicopter parent’s arsenal?
General Motors has announced that their “Teen Driver” technology will be available with their vehicles, starting with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.
A feature of the company’s MyLink system, it allows parents to monitor how far their children drive, how fast they’re going, when they’ve slammed on the brakes, how close they’ve come to hitting objects around them, and, well, anything else you could ever think of!
After somebody takes the car out for a spin, a ‘report card’ of that trip can be accessed and reviewed.
GM safety engineer MaryAnn Beebe loves this technology, and she knows you will, too. “We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids — they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits,” she said. “As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”
Is this new technology the greatest thing ever? Would you use this for the young drivers in your family? Did you or your children ever lose driving privileges because of bad mistakes made while behind the wheel? If you’re that worried about handing your car keys over to your children, should they really be driving in the first place?