Learn to Drive | Ford's MyKey System Limits Teens' Speed
As teens learn to drive there is new technology aiming to tackle concerns about safety of teens and assist parents in setting limits as teens transition to highway driving. Parental controls are quickly making their way onto the nation’s highways. Ford has announced upgrades to its MyKey technology that will allow parents to control both the maximum speed at which a vehicle can be driven and what radio stations the driver can listen to. This new technology provides an additional safety measure as teens learning to drive a car.
Before the upgrade, Ford's MyKey system allowed users to limit a vehicle's speed to 80 mph and alert the driver at 45, 55, and 65 mph. The new program now allows parents to limit the vehicle's speeds to 65, 70, 75, or 80 mph, curbing some teens’ tendencies to drive too fast when they are still learning how to drive a car.
Current features on MyKey allow parents to limit audio volume, but the upgrade gives parents control to block “explicit satellite radio programming.” Sirius Satellite Radio has several explicit channels, including ones featuring shock jock Howard Stern.
In a press release, Ford spokesperson Graydon Reitz said: “Ford wants to give parents peace of mind that their kids are following practical household rules when driving a car.”