My Teenager Puts Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Software To The Test
In an article written by Michael Harley, writer for Forbes, a man's teenage son tests Chevy's Teen Driver software. By now, most of you have seen the Chevrolet ads on TV that claim to make teenage drivers safer through their Teen Driver software; which, allows parents to view their kid's driving performance - whether good or bad.
Does Chevy's Teen Driving Software Really Work?Is this too good to be true? Has Chevy really helped to make our kids safer when driving one? To answer these questions and more, here is a snippet of Forbes' article about the writer's son - Patrick. Be sure to read it in its entirety to learn more. Video: First Look: Chevy's New Teen Driver In-Car System
Michael Harley's Son Puts 'Teen Driver' to the Test
It’s a sobering fact that vehicle crashes are the leading killer for U.S. teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than six die each day — a statistic even more horrifying when you consider that an additional 600 or so teens suffer vehicle-related injuries during that same 24-hour period.Video: Teen Driving Worries? You’re Not Alone
Teen drivers are inexperienced, which means their likelihood of a crash rises significantly when they are distracted, speeding, or driving dangerously. In an attempt to limit some of the unnecessary carnage, nearly all states have adopted graduated driving licenses that restrict privileges for inexperienced drivers. While these laws allow teens to earn more experience during daylight hours, or while alone, challenged enforcement means it is primarily an honor system.
Like many of my peers, I’ve got a teenager driver in my household today — my 18-year-old son, Patrick. He’s been driving for two years in a vehicle without Teen Driver, so I thought it would be interesting to observe his system-generated “report card” at the end of a week and see if the system would have any effect on his driving habits. Good or bad.
Teen Driver works through Chevrolet MyLink, which is the vehicle’s infotainment software, so it is stand-alone and not tied to OnStar (GM’s subscription-based communications). It takes a few minutes for a parent to initialize the system, which includes setting a numeric four-digit passcode and registering a key, but the execution is straightforward and logical.
Each time the key is used, Teen Driver will initialize and enable/disable specific settings (it won’t work with unregistered keys, so parents may operate the vehicle unrestricted and without data logging). These include muting the audio system until front seat occupants are wearing seat belts, setting a maximum limit for the volume, limiting vehicle speed to 85 mph, delivering an audible speed warning set between 40 and 75 mph, and automatically turning on vehicle safety features (that can’t be shut off by the teen) such as Stability Control, Front/Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Forward Collision Alert, etc.
Key Features of the Teen Driver SoftwareWhen the Teen Driver software is running it manages to keep a report card of the driver's behavior. Some of the data collected includes:
- how far of a distance was covered;
- top speed achieved;
- speeding alerts;
- traction and stability control;
- instances of antilock braking;
- instances of forward collision alerts;
- braking when forward collision alerts take place;
- tailgating alerts; and
- full throttling.
Read more: Read full article of Forbes