A new car, designed to be driven by children aged five to 10 years, will launch in May 2016.
The car, produced by Young Driver Motor Cars Limited, has been under development for nine months and was unveiled last week at the Gadget Show Live.
Young Driver Motor Cars Limited is a division of Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons. Young Driver has delivered more than 300,000 driving lessons to 10-17 year olds at more than 40 venues across the country.
The new vehicle, which will have a top speed of 10mph, will be used at selected Young Driver training venues to give youngsters ‘a greater insight in terms of road safety’. Young Driver says road systems will be created to ‘allow the drivers to try their hand at everything from manoeuvring, junctions and traffic lights to reversing and parking’.
The two-seater car will feature twin electric motors, disc brakes, independent suspension, right or left hand drive steering and a system that detects obstacles and stops the car to avoid a collision. Parents will also be able to utilise a remote control to stop the car if it became necessary.
Kim Stanton, director of Young Driver, said: “This is not a toy, it is very definitely a small car.
“We’ve had children involved throughout its development, working with the designers and engineers to ensure that it provides a realistic driving experience.
“Many young people attend Young Driver lessons with brothers and sisters under 10 years old and there has been nothing on the market to cater for younger drivers.
“We created these training cars for five to 10 year olds from scratch because nothing existed in the market other than toys and fairground rides, and these don’t give a realistic driving experience.
“The ultimate aim is to give youngsters a greater insight in terms of road safety. By getting behind the wheel of a car, and tackling some day to day situations like junctions, passing cyclists and reversing, this age group will have a much clearer idea of how to protect themselves as pedestrians or on their bikes.
“Of course, it will also be great fun for them, which always helps with learning.
“As this is an electric car, it also helps teach youngsters about the environmental responsibility of motoring.”