A new car for kids is to launch for the first time – and the company behind it is looking for test drivers to help perfect the specially created vehicle.
The state-of-the-art car has been designed by specialist engineers specifically for under 10s. The two-seater car will feature electric motors, disc brakes, independent suspension, right or left hand drive steering and a system that detects obstacles and stops the car to avoid collisions.
The training car has been specially produced by Young Driver Motor Cars Limited, a division of Young Driver, the UK’s largest provider of pre-17 driving lessons. Revealing its plans for the first time at the Gadget Show Live, running at the NEC from March 31 to April 3, members of the public will get a preview of the car’s design with youngsters being given the opportunity to test drive it.
The car will be able to reach speeds of up to 10mph, however, on the finished car, an innovative safety mechanism will ensure the car automatically cuts out if it is in danger of a collision. Parents will also be able to utilise a remote control to stop the car if it became necessary.
The car will officially launch in May 2016, when youngsters will be able to drive the vehicle at selected Young Driver venues across the UK. 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.
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. The Gadget Show will allow us to get a wider cross section of ages and sizes behind the wheel, trying out our final pre-production models. All young test drivers at the Gadget Show will be able to tell everyone they were one of the very first people to give the car a try, and that they had a hand in its development.”