Teen driver technology among the features offered in many new cars at Auto Show

Posted at 6:08 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 18:08:45-05

We all have seen the AAA statistics teens that show teens are more than 1.5 times more likely to get into a deadly auto accident. Sending your young driver off on their own can be a difficult experience, but now many automakers are doing what they can to ease the angst.

At the 2017 Cleveland Auto Show manufacturers are showing off the technology that enables parents to track their teens through the key fobs when they’re off on their own driving.

GM, for one, is offering parents a report of the drive. 

"There are certain things it starts off with automatically. One is the radio can't be turned on until the seat belts are fastened, all of the automatic safety features are automatically turned on then throughout the drive it starts to create a report card,” said Chevrolet Spokesperson Katie Amann.

“So it's going to show you the miles driven top speed, and it will actually have a warning you can set it between 45 and 75 mph and if they exceed that it actually sends a warning," Amann said.

“It will start to alert you in the report card if anti-lock brakes have been turned on, certain active safety features so the forward collision alerts."

Ford offers something similar in the ability to set limits through their MyKey technology.

"So it's even things like you can actually set the max volume of the radio in the car so that you can reduce some of the distractions and hopefully make whoever is driving the car a lot safer," said Ford’s Cristina Aquino.