My kids are gonna hate this – but I’m gonna love it.
Upon hearing about Ford’s latest attempt to
ruin your kids teenage years increase teenage driving safety I can’t help but think about how much it would have pissed me off if that had happened 10 years ago. Now that I’m a dad, I can really appreciate their technological advances for times I can’t be there.
In a press release, Graydon Reitz, director of Ford Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering, said: “Ford wants to give parents peace of mind that their kids are following practical household rules in the car.”
As it stands now, Ford’s MyKey is like a backseat Marry Poppins limiting top speeds and volume. This nanny will even mute your radio until you buckle up. The new technology now allows parents to limit the vehicle’s speeds to 65, 70, 75, or 80 mph. Last time I checked, unless you’re on the Autobahn the fastest you can drive legally is 70 mph. I guess Ford is giving you an extra 10 mph in case your bone head kid decides to know off a 7-11. Think that’s a little harsh? MyKey can also restrict explicit content from being accessed on satellite radio so you precious little snowflake can’t blast his jams in the family vehicle – just his iPod.
It’s amazing what 10 years and three kids can do to a guys opinion on restricting freedom out on the open road. Like it or leave it, robots will be running your life in the very near future.