Teen driver safety tool headed for Europe
Thursday 01 September 2011
Ford is to roll out a new system designed to encourage safer driving for teens in Europe from next year.
The Ford MyKey system, which restricts certain functions of the vehicle at the behest of its owner, will be available as standard on compatible vehicles from 2012, the US giant said September 1.
MyKey allows parents to issue their children with specially-programmed keys that can limit the car's top speed and audio volume, in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that involve younger drivers.
Additional features include the ability to mute audio until all passengers have their seatbelts fastened, and a speed warning which can be programmed to chime at speeds between 70-100 km/h.
Other features, such as Lane Departure Warning System, collision alert warnings and blind spot monitoring, can also be made mandatory for drivers using the special keys.
Increasingly sophisticated technology is rapidly making it easier for parents loaning their children vehicles to have far more control over how - and where - their offspring go.
Last month, Ford's major competitor General Motors unveiled a new trial using its OnStar product that allowed parents to instantly locate their vehicle using its on-board GPS system.
The trial provides a small number of participants with a portal which can show the vehicle's position and send automatic alerts as prespecified intervals.
Life & Style blogs
Jennifer Lawrence nude pictures leaked: Reddit removes 'The Fappening' board dedicated to sharing naked pictures of celebrities
iPhone 'Wave': iOS 8 hoax claims you can charge your iPhone in the microwave - you can't
From Topshop to Burberry, London Fashion Week spring/summer 2015: Distraction could not disguise a distinct lack of focus
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
iOS 8 HealthKit catches a major bug, forcing Apple's fitness apps to lie down and take it easy
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned PR disaster
- 5 Britain First picture: Photographer 'horrified' after first Afghan policewoman killed by Taliban used for 'ban the burka' campaign
£25000 - £29000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Application Suppor...
£75 - £100 per day: Randstad Education Leicester: Randstad Education are looki...
£110 - £200 per day: Randstad Education Leeds: Secondary Maths Teacher for spe...
£7 - £8 per hour: Randstad Education Leicester: Randstad Education are current...