Fords MyKey crosses the pond to Europe

By Posted 2 Sep 2011, 11:59

If you are a parent or know someone who is a young driver, you will always have the worry in the back of your mind they may be driving dangerously. Now Fords MyKey crosses the pond to Europe, and will allow parents to set the speed their child can drive at.

The technology has been available in the US since 2009 and was seen as a way for business managers looking after their fleet drivers. Now according to Guardian.co.uk the technology will make its way to the Fiesta model range throughout Europe next year.

The car maker is marketing the technology as an ideal way for parents who worry about their children driving without a seatbelt, playing loud music while driving, or driving too fast. Parents will be able to program a master key that can be set for various limits on the vehicle. The top speeds the car can go up to can be limited, and warnings will sound at 70, 90, and 100kph.

If the seatbelts are not fastened a chime will be activated and the audio system silenced. According to Pim van der Jagt from Ford’s research centre, drivers under the age of 25 are three times more likely to have an accident. This system will help parents to aid their children to drive more carefully as well as be more fuel efficient.

The system will also remind younger drivers if their fuel levels are low earlier if the technology was not activated, as soon as there is only 125km left a warning sound is made. The idea is certainly a good one, and maybe one day it will be found on all new vehicles. As always education can be a great way of slowing down young drivers, but the trouble is you can’t account for them showing off to their friends.

Do you think Fords MyKey is a good idea?