A new state of the art car, specifically designed for children aged 5-10 is in development, aimed to get them behind the wheel at an even earlier age and begin the build an understanding of rad safety issues. The car is currently being called ET1 (Electric Trainer 1) and will have a top speed of just 10mph, so your little ones won’t be setting any land speed records just yet!
Whilst the car is yet to be seen in the metal, the design was carried out by Chris Johnson, who among other things has previously worked on the interior of Volvo’s S60 of 2000.
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.
“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 5-10 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.”
What are your thoughts on this? Will it be good for the future of road safety or are children that age too young to appreciate the message?