This car can be driven by a five-year-old

A new car designed for under-10s is set to make its debut at this week’s Gadget Show Live at Birmingham’s NEC.

Developed over nine months in association with Young Driver, provider of driving lessons for under-17s, the two-seat car has a top speed of 10mph and features twin electric motors, disc brakes and independent suspension.

It also uses an innovative system to detect obstacles and stops the car to prevent collisions, as well as a remote-control system which can be used to stop the car if necessary.

Visitors to the show will be able to see prototype models of the car, with youngsters invited to test drive it and provide feedback.

Young Driver director, 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 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.”

The final version of the car will be officially launched in May, with children aged between five and 10 able to drive it at Young Driver venues across the UK.

The company uses Skoda Citigos fitted with dual controls to offer driving lessons for 10-17s on the firm’s private roads designed to mimic realistic road systems.

It comes following the news that the number of underaged drivers caught on UK roads is increasing – with young boys most likely to break the law to get behind the wheel.