GM touts this feature as an industry-first, but there was a brief moment in history when a very similar feature was required by law. In 1974, as explained in the amazing vintage Chrysler training video below, the government mandated cars have an ignition interlock that would prevent the car from even starting until the seatbelts were used. Public backlash led to the interlock requirement being abandoned for just the existing warning chime law.
Chevy’s “Buckle to Drive” system, along with the Teen Driver System, will be a standard feature on the 2020 Chevy Traverse, Malibu and Colorado. These new model-year vehicles will go on sale this summer. The feature will probably trickle down to to other cars over time.