US car maker to include ‘nanny’ mode in vehicles
Smart tech integration hoped to reduce traffic fatalities among teens
US auto giant Chevrolet will build a "Teen Driver" nanny mode into its latest Malibu model, in a bit to use smart technology to reduce the number of road deaths involving young drivers, Wired reported.
Motor vehicle crashes are reportedly the most common cause of deaths among US teenagers and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering hope to mitigate the number of fatalities. Its scientists conducted a consumer survey in the US to find out what features were most in demand. Some 84% requested controls for speed and number of passengers and also liked the idea of being able to set curfew times. And 61% of respondents wanted to use GPS technology to restrict travel to certain geographic locations.
Other possible features for nanny mode include the ability to send messages to the vehicle.
Variations of some of the features are already available in the Malibu, but it is likely technologies will be added as they are perfected by researchers.