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    DESS comes to Ford vehicles

    As a parent of 2 teenage drivers, I kinda like this idea. But by the time it comes out, it'll be too late. Someone needs to develop this technology for aftermarket so that it can be installed and removed later.

    Nothing replaces quality driver's education and parental supervision.



    From YAHOO tech:



    Ford "MyKey" keeps teen drivers under 80 mph

    The new, chip-embedded car keys will also keep young drivers from cranking the car stereo, as well as sound alarms until seat belts get fastened. Looks like the carefree days of "American Graffiti" are over, in more ways than one.
    The Associated Press reports that an "unspecified number" of 2010 model Ford cars and trucks (including the 2010 Ford Focus, due next year) will come with the MyKey feature, which will eventually get rolled out to all Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury models.

    Besides the option of keeping young drivers from going over 80 miles per hour (leaving a slight buffer over most state speeding limits "in case an unusual situation arises," the AP notes), parents can also set MyKey to sound in-car alerts if their kids accelerate past 45, 55, or 65 miles per hour.

    Among other possible MyKey restrictions
    : A volume limit for the car radio (to "44 percent of totally volume"), along with chimes that sound once a minute (and mute the radio) until drivers and passengers buckle their seat belts.

    Naturally, teens aren't amused by the coming MyKey feature; indeed, a Ford survey
    found that 67 percent of teen drivers "don't like" the idea (no kidding). Then again, when asked to factor in the possibility that MyKey might give them more chances behind the wheel, the "hate it" figure drops to 36 percent, according to Ford's survey.

    OK, but are built-in speed limits for cars really a good idea? You could argue that all drivers need to be able to accelerate away from danger—especially if you're trying to pass a line of cars while facing oncoming traffic.

    That said, I can't remember the last time I truly needed to speed beyond 80 mph, for any reason. And then there's this sobering statistic
    : More than 6,500 fatal car crashes last year involved drivers aged 15-20, while speeding was a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes in 2007.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gtxsc03 View Post
    As a parent of 2 teenage drivers, I kinda like this idea. But by the time it comes out, it'll be too late. Someone needs to develop this technology for aftermarket so that it can be installed and removed later.

    Nothing replaces quality driver's education and parental supervision.



    From YAHOO tech:



    Ford "MyKey" keeps teen drivers under 80 mph

    The new, chip-embedded car keys will also keep young drivers from cranking the car stereo, as well as sound alarms until seat belts get fastened. Looks like the carefree days of "American Graffiti" are over, in more ways than one.
    The Associated Press reports that an "unspecified number" of 2010 model Ford cars and trucks (including the 2010 Ford Focus, due next year) will come with the MyKey feature, which will eventually get rolled out to all Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury models.

    Besides the option of keeping young drivers from going over 80 miles per hour (leaving a slight buffer over most state speeding limits "in case an unusual situation arises," the AP notes), parents can also set MyKey to sound in-car alerts if their kids accelerate past 45, 55, or 65 miles per hour.

    Among other possible MyKey restrictions
    : A volume limit for the car radio (to "44 percent of totally volume"), along with chimes that sound once a minute (and mute the radio) until drivers and passengers buckle their seat belts.

    Naturally, teens aren't amused by the coming MyKey feature; indeed, a Ford survey
    found that 67 percent of teen drivers "don't like" the idea (no kidding). Then again, when asked to factor in the possibility that MyKey might give them more chances behind the wheel, the "hate it" figure drops to 36 percent, according to Ford's survey.

    OK, but are built-in speed limits for cars really a good idea? You could argue that all drivers need to be able to accelerate away from danger—especially if you're trying to pass a line of cars while facing oncoming traffic.

    That said, I can't remember the last time I truly needed to speed beyond 80 mph, for any reason. And then there's this sobering statistic
    : More than 6,500 fatal car crashes last year involved drivers aged 15-20, while speeding was a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes in 2007.

    Speed limiting can be good or bad depending on how it is enforced. The company I currently work for has always had their semi truck governed, not a bad idea for a company that has tens of thousands of vehicles often piloted by employees with less than 6 months experience. How ever recently we had "black boxes" installed. These boxes will sound and alarm if the driver is not buckled in, is "speeding" or is not logged in. It also generates an e-mail to the administrator id one of these occurs or if these additional events occurs, such as hard vertical, hard acceleration, hard braking and hard cornering. When we were "sold" on these we were told they would help train drivers and help us keep our equipment in working order. So far they have only been a method of employee removal(usually for a non driving related reason.

    Definitions
    black box- self contained GPS unit with data logging and transmission capabilities
    Speeding-exceeding a predetermined speed set in the memory of the balck box that may or may not be related to the actual speed limit and or capabilities of the vehicle
    Sold- informed that this is the way things are going to be

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    Good for habitual speeders too, like me.

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    not a bad idea i think
    hehe i just found out my new truck doesnt go past 95!!!! THAT SUCKS!! O WELL if i want i can over ride it buy getting a programmer but im happy with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADAMBOMB View Post
    not a bad idea i think
    hehe i just found out my new truck doesnt go past 95!!!! THAT SUCKS!! O WELL if i want i can over ride it buy getting a programmer but im happy with it
    Almost all new trucks are speed-governed to around 95 or so miles per hour, because the tires that they're equipped with from the factory aren't rated for anything over that speed.

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