Ford's Key to Teen Safety Focus with MyKey
Some of you may remember TheCarConnection.com’s report on the MyKey™ announcement back in early October of last year. Well, this week I had the opportunity to take a spin in Ford’s Key to Teen Safety Focus featuring the MyKey™ technology. Now I have to admit I was a little skeptical about how the system would be integrated and how it would behave. However, I was pretty surprised and maybe you will be too.
The MyKey™ option is expected to be available starting this summer on the 2010 Ford Focus and then be quickly offered on a wide variety of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. From the exterior you wouldn’t know that there is anything different, no it is when you get behind the wheel that all the bells start to go off—literally. The way MyKey™ works is through an upgraded version of Ford’s SecuriLock passive anti-theft system. When the Admin key is inserted into the ignition the MyKey™ system programs the RFID chip into the system and allows the admin user to program other sets of keys as the designated MyKeys. So when the MyKey™ is inserted into the ignition the RFID chip is read by the system and the MyKey™ system is activated.
Ford MyKey Message Center-- System Active
Ford MyKey Message Center-- Buckle Up
The next feature I tested was the Speed Alert, which can be set at 45, 55 or 65 mph. In this case I left it set at 45 mph and when the warning activates it is simply a chime and another message on the information display. So again, no call to your mother, but the car does ask you to drive safely. The final option I atested was the Audio Volume Limiting, which limits the volume to 44% of the full volume capability of the audio system. You might have guessed by now that the MyKey™ system allows you to turn up the volume to the limited point and then alerts you via the message center that you are at the maximum allowed volume.
Bottom line—the MyKey™ system isn’t meant to be a parent substitute, instead it is a way for worried parents to have a tool to remind their teenage drivers that they have set rules when it comes to borrowing the family car. Did I mention the system check will give a report on how many miles the car has been driven with the MyKey™? Could this be the end to secret city expeditions or will teenagers get good at taking someones car that doesn’t have the MyKey™ technology? Either way, teens that want to break the rules will, but for the average teenager the MyKey™ system may be just enough of a reminder to keep them out of trouble.
Find out more about what Ford is up to via previously posted articles like the 41 mpg Challenge, To Fusion Hybrid or To Fusion Sport, Focus EV Report and more. Have comments? I would love to hear them! Drop me a comment right here on the site or send an email to JEMblogger at Gmail dot com.