Monday, October 6

Control Your Child's Driving Habits

I read a book recently that was about a family that started monitoring their child's computer activities through Spyware after his best friend committed suicide. In the hopes that they could prevent the child from further distancing himself from the rest of the family, they started spying on his every move....

Creepy? Yes. Had my parents started spying on me (and I found out about it) I'd probably be pretty upset. Granted, it is for safety purposes, however, there is a fine line between being safe and being on the verge of crazy. Especially when Ford releases their Car that allows parents to customize the car to make it safer for the child driving it.

MyKey, set to debut in the 2010 Focus Coupe and plenty of other Ford vehicles shortly thereafter, is a key-based system will let parents limit their car's top driving speed to 80 miles per hour, cut off the stereo's volume at just 44% of its max output, and set a persistent chime to go off if the seatbelts aren't being used (the stereo also gets muted until everyone buckles up).

Wow. As if that were not enough, t'll also provide a low-fuel warning at 75 miles to empty, start issuing an annoying reminder (I'm assuming) as the driver inches up past the 45 mph mark, and make it impossible to disable some of the Focus' usual safety measures like Park Aid and Cross Traffic Alert.

To read more about MyKey, click here.

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