Teen drivers beware: Mom and Dad will soon know exactly how fast and how far you drove their car.
And if you don't buckle up, don't even think about turning on the stereo.
With the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu ready to tackle the midsized sedan market, the American automaker is making a pitch for concerned parents with its "Teen Driver" feature.
Standard on some next-generation Malibus, introduced Wednesday at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, the system offers parents a way to spy on their teen's driving.
Parents with a private code can pull up a dashboard display to view how the car was driven, including maximum speed reached, distance driven and number of times active safety features were engaged.
Chevrolet isn't the first automaker to offer such an option -- for instance, Ford has a system called MyKey -- but "the industry is going toward more advanced controls over a teen's driving," said Andy Gryc, director of the Connected Car Expo and an automotive technology expert.
Chevrolet said it's responding to a safety need. "Teens have a higher propensity to be involved in an accident that is fatal, so our customers were asking us to bring something to market that can teach safe driving habits," said Chevrolet communications manager Chad Lyons. Teens are three times more likely to die in a fatal crash than adults, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Teen Driver feature is linked to a specific set of keys and can be turned on and off with a PIN.
According to Lyons, a major issue is distracted driving, which for parents means audio systems' volume and seat belt control. "When teens are in the car with their friends listening to loud music, it causes distracted driving," Lyons said. "If the front occupants aren't wearing their seat belts, the radio won't turn on. Parents can also set audio limits to a max setting."
If a teen driver goes beyond a certain speed, the car can audibly notify the driver of his speed. The moment a teen pulls into the driveway, a parent can get a full report.
"It's not more to control, but to teach them safe driving habits and encourage them to drive safe," Lyons said. "It's a way for their parents to feel safe while they're not in the car with their teen."
The feature will debut with the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, where it will be standard on the premier edition, and an option, for an undisclosed price, on the LT model. It is expected to be on other GM models in the future, Lyons said.