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29/11/12 – Ford’s new myKey

Protective parents of young drivers can now limit the speed their children drive at using a new kind of key on the market for the first time in the UK from next month. Ford’s myKey system interfaces with the computer systems on board its latest cars to place restrictions on drivers using the special keys. It works by recognising different keys for the same car and then adjusting the vehicle settings according to the owner’s requirements, with the capacity to limit the top speed to just 80mph.

The limits are linked to the specific key, so mothers and fathers concerned about their inexperienced children can limit top speed and stereo volume for youngsters while retaining full functionality for themselves.
The company said: ‘Ford’s myKey allows parents to tailor vehicle performance and driver environment to suit individual users.
‘Permanent enabling of safety and driver aids as well as speed and audio limiting give parents greater control without impacting on young drivers’ independence.’

 

 

 

Drivers under the age of 25 are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal accident in the UK. As well as restricting speed and volume, it also prevents the driver from deactivating safety technologies like stability control which can which can help prevent low-speed collisions. The maximum speed can be combined with speed limit warning chimes that cut in at 45mph, 55mph and 65mph – a feature included after market research showed speeding was the biggest worry of parents of young drivers.