Young Driver's new electric car, which can reach 10mph, will run on specially created tracks across the UK

A new two-seat, all-electric car designed for children aged 10 and under has been revealed.

The car has been created by Young Driver - a company that specialises in providing driving experiences to under-17s - and will be able to run on specially created tracks at several of the firm's 40 UK driving centres.

Power is provided by two electric motors, and the car features disc brakes, independent suspension and a system that can bring the car to a halt if a collision is detected. It will be produced in both left and right-hand drive and parents can also immobilise the car remotely via a controller. 

Although the car will officially enter service in closed environments from May, Young Driver has confirmed that the model could be launched commerically in the future. Multiple versions of the new car will be allowed onto a specially designed track to give children the experience of driving. The tracks will incude junctions and traffic lights and will allow children to try out maneouvering, reversing and parking.

Director of Young Driver Kim Stanton 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 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 5-10-year-olds from scratch because nothing existed in the market other than toys and fairground rides."

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31 March 2016

I remember going to the LegoLand Windsor when I was about 6/7 and they had the 'driving centre' with the life size lego cars. I got a license and everything!

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8 April 2016

If the cars will travel on specially-designed tracks, then the idea does not get senseless. However, if the tracks are there just for training purposes and will be removed once the children are “qualified” enough to drive on their own, then obviously there will be an uproar regarding safety concerns. It might just jump from being convenient to simply irrational.

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