DETROIT -- General Motors has updated its Teen Driver software with a safety feature that will debut this summer in the 2020 Chevrolet Traverse.
When Teen Driver mode is active, Buckle to Drive prevents drivers from shifting into gear without their seat belt buckled, GM said Tuesday in a statement.
According to a 2017 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 59 percent of high school students reported wearing seat belts when riding as passengers.
Tricia Morrow, GM's global safety strategy engineer at Chevrolet, said parents can set audio volume limits, speed warnings and limits along with a "report card" that gives parents data on teens' actions while driving.
"This is a fact-based tool you can use to facilitate the conversations with your teens," Morrow said.
The Teen Driver software also can silence the vehicle's sound system until the passenger and driver seat belts are fastened.