Ford to roll out weird parental lock device for cars

2 September 2011

ford-mykeyFord are going to roll out the MyKey system around Europe to encourage our reckless teens to drive a little safer.

But what is it?

Well, it's a parental lock for an entire car, which sound bizarre. Basically, it restricts certain functions and it will be available as standard on compatible vehicles from 2012.

Effectively, this little gizmo allows parents to dole out keys to their children which are specially programmed to enable you worriers to cap the limit at what speed the car can drive at, as well as put a limiter on the volume of the stereo. Other features include an alarm which goes off if the driver is speeding, as well as an audio mute function if all passengers aren't wearing their seatbeats.

There's also blind spot monitoring and warnings for changing lanes and collisions.

Whether there's an option to record your own voice, nagging them to put some petrol in or stop smoking weed on McDonald's carparks remains to be seen.

Your children are going to hate you if you get on this, so of course, you must do it as soon as possible, just to taunt the little oiks.

[Indy]

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring   Consumer Advice

11 comments

  • Alexis
    A speed limit cap? So if they attempt an overtake, get it wrong and need to floor it to get out trouble, they'll just end up crashing head-on to the poor bloke coming the other way?
  • Jason
    Dollar in the US use MyKey to speed limit their cars. Hired a Ford a couple years back and it was limited to 80 mph using MyKey. Never hired from them again.
  • Euan
    Read about this in another paper, anecdotally it's actually not been entirely unpopular with kids in the US - because they've been more likely to be allowed to borrow the car when parents are (semi) assured it'll be driven somewhat more responsibly.
  • The B.
    Euan, was that a Standard response?
  • Dick
    Won't the kids just wear their ipods and headphones, or take along a ghetto blaster as we used to call them in my day. That way, they will not be able to hear the alarms, and audio mute won't matter, neither will the cap on the volume.
  • Terry
    This is a silly idea. People need to learn to drive safely on their own. Driving fast doesn't always mean dangerous, ad driving slower doesn't always mean safe. Also, isn't it a bit silly that an alarm goes off when you're speeding? It would terify me to hear a sudden loud noise.
  • Skymarshall
    "Also, isn’t it a bit silly that an alarm goes off when you’re speeding? It would terify me to hear a sudden loud noise." Then don't speed?
  • rob
    Surely this strange system won't know whether the driver is safely doing 70 along the motorway or doing 60 in a 30 zone? Makes it a bit pointless really.
  • TimB
    "Surely this strange system won’t know whether the driver is safely doing 70 along the motorway or doing 60 in a 30 zone?" Why wouldn't it? GPS is hardly new technology these days.
  • fra
    This is a great idea, just think I can now smoke those little boy racers at the traffic lights!!!
  • Alan B.
    My parental gizzmo has never let me down; touch the car keys you die,seemples.

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