Because parents were really going to let their teenagers drive a Silverado on their own.
Chevrolet's 'Teen Driver' system isn't anything new. Not so long ago, the monitoring program was introduced on the Malibu, and Ford's been using a similar-in-concept 'MyKey' functionality for a few years ago. However, the feature's now gaining momentum in GM's most well known division, as the Teen Driver device is now being rolled out across nine new Chevrolet models - ranging from tiny urban runabouts to mid-sized models and even pick-up trucks.
By fitting the device to the Bolt, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Suburban, Tahoe and both variants of the Silverado, Chevrolet will now allow owners of said vehicles to essentially monitor the activities of anyone behind the wheel. Though the system itself can in theory be used to keep tabs on anyone, it's pretty obvious by the 'Teen Driver' name that the application is predominantly aimed at keeping track of everything new drivers are up to when they're behind the wheel. As we discussed when the Malibu first received this feature, Teen Driver also can be used to prevent safety assists from being disabled, and even set restrictions on how fast the car can be driven.
To ensure none of these are disabled behind your back, they're all password-protected, so these systems won't be switched off unless you've chosen a really obvious password. And, if you really want to humiliate your children, the Teen Driver program also has a 'Report Card' feature that can reveal for how many miles the teenager drove, how fast they were travelling, whether any emergency assists were triggered and even whether any tailgating occurred (though presumably only on models with adaptive cruise control - the only system we can think of that could even monitor such an occurrence). All in all, we like the idea and its rate of adoption, but we can also see ourselves utterly despising it if we were fresh-faced teenage drivers.
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