Ford announces MyKey feature for 2010 fleet

Debuting with the 2010 Ford Focus is MyKey, a teenage drivers worst nightmare. With the MyKey feature enabled, parents will be able to govern how fast their child can drive and annoy them with other regulations. A chip in the key of said teen driver will trigger software that restricts the vehicle from going over 80 mph along with limiting the audio system’s volume and a six-second beep will sound every minute the driver’s seatbelt isn’t buckled. What’s surprising about the latter feature is that it will shut off after five minutes for the adult drivers who just don’t want to wear their seatbelt. That’s just not right if you ask me. There’s another option where a chime will sound when the vehicle goes over, 45, 55 or 65 mph.

Ford has not announced which cars in its fleet will have MyKey for 2010 other than the Focus, but that it would spread to all of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury fleets when models are updated.