Ford system will let parents set children's top speed

Teenage drivers will have their speed controlled by their parents under a new hi-tech system introduced by Ford.

The UK's biggest-selling car company is introducing the MyKey system which allows owners to limit a vehicle's top speed, ensure seatbelts are being worn and even dictate the volume level on the radio. Already in operation in the US, the system will be introduced in Europe by Ford next year.

Ford's system architect for MyKey, Peter Patzelt, said: "MyKey adds a new dimension to auto safety by giving drivers standard technology that encourages safer driving and limits their exposure to risk, regardless of age or experience. In particular, it can give parents peace of mind when they hand the keys over to their kids."