LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mercedes-Benz is opening its first driving school in Los Angeles aimed at better preparing teenagers for today’s driving environment.

The automaker says the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy will provide a curriculum beyond the minimum required by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The teen driving program will combine online training, problem-solving exercises in the classroom and 16 hours of behind-the-wheel training so that young drivers learn more than traffic rules and basic car control skills.

The senior manager of business innovation at Daimler AG says the academy’s “unique coaching methods” and curriculum is designed to teach new teens how to drive safely.

The academy, which is scheduled to launch this fall, plans to provide free driver safety seminars at about 20 high schools in the Los Angeles area.

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