This isn’t a VAG story, but something I found interesting, what do you think?  Is this a technology you would like to see make it’s way into our VAG vehicles?

The MyKey system forms a part of the new Ford Fiesta’s safety and driver assistance features, which also includes Ford’s Intelligent Protection System with seven airbags.

MyKey is an industry-first technology that allows parents to program a key that limits top speed, reduces maximum radio volume, disables the radio until the seatbelts are fastened and prevents deactivation of driver assistance and safety technologies.

It works by recognising different keys for the same car and adjusting the vehicle settings according to the owner’s requirements.

Owners are able to set the system so:

  • The audio system is disabled completely if seatbelts are not used
  • Chimes sound at set points between 70 km/h and 140 km/h to highlight when the vehicle is travelling at higher speeds
  • Seatbelt reminders do not time out
  • In addition to the typical low-fuel warnings, an earlier low-fuel warning is delivered at 120 km ; that aims to reduce the likelihood the driver will run out of fuel
  • Safety technologies such as Dynamic Stability Control cannot be deactivated

“This is a significant safety feature for young drivers, who are over-represented in crash-related statistics in Australia,,” Ford Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, Sales and Service and Lincoln, Jim Farley, said. “MyKey provides some direct parental control over their car. It allows owners to set sensible restrictions for young drivers and delivers piece-of-mind for parents.,”

Figures in Australia show that young drivers are over-represented in road accident fatality and injury statistics. One of the leading causes of death among young Australians aged between 15 and 24 years is injury, and transport accidents account for more injury-related deaths than any other cause.

3 Responses to “Ford’s MyKey Technology Aimed at Teenage Drivers”

  1. Gavin Smith says:

    The most important feature that Ford are now including in their cars is standard bluetooth fitment. Why is this important? as soon as the airbags are deployed in an accident, the car automatically calls the relevent local emergency service number being 000 in Australia.

  2. I think it would be better if it disabled their mobile phones. The number of young people I see texting and driving is unbelievable.

    • Very true

      A System than phone needs to be in boot before drive is allowed would be good.

      Plus a limit on the setro noise output would be next on my list.

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