Cars set to get parental controls

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Found 8th Oct 2008
Cars could soon come with parental controls that limit what younger drivers can do with a vehicle.

Developed by Ford, the MyKey system limits a car's top speed, how loud its stereo can be and sounds warnings if seatbelts are not being worn.

Ford will introduce the controls on some US makes of car that are due to debut in 2009 but go on sale in 2010.

The Ford Focus will be the first to have MyKey, but the car maker said it would become a standard feature.

Warning tones

The main element of the MyKey system is to limit the top speed of a car to 80mph.

Ford says other options allow parents to limit the volume on the car stereo and make the car sound a continuous alert if drivers and passengers are not wearing a seatbelt.

Other options will let parents decide if warning tones should sound if a car goes faster than 45, 55 or 65 mph.

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Its a good idea, but im just waiting for the goverment to now pass a law saying all cars in the UK have to be restricted to 70mph.

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biff;3147267

Its a good idea, but im just waiting for the goverment to now pass a law … Its a good idea, but im just waiting for the goverment to now pass a law saying all cars in the UK have to be restricted to 70mph.



That's good, i can still do 70 in a 30.

That would be silly, most accidents are caused by excessive speed in 30 and 40 zones.

biff;3147267

Its a good idea, but im just waiting for the goverment to now pass a law … Its a good idea, but im just waiting for the goverment to now pass a law saying all cars in the UK have to be restricted to 70mph.


LoL then we will hve some doing 69,9 others 70.1 and queues trying to crawl past each other on motorways, like the HGVs do, :thumbsup:

With the tecnology available we should be able to cut a vehical speed as it enters a new limit, the problem is, as always, education of driver's

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happy donkey;3147349

With the tecnology available we should be able to cut a vehical speed as … With the tecnology available we should be able to cut a vehical speed as it enters a new limit, the problem is, as always, education of driver's



I don't agree with this,

peodude;3147393

I don't agree with this,


In what way do you not agree, drivers ed ? or the tecnology ?

In theory a good idea in practice rubbish. Its a gimmick thing.

Give it two weeks in use and Im sure some american will sue Ford because they forgot to set the speed limit and the kid then got done for speeding.

The Parental Controls are you don't use the car, job done.

Get your own.

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Firstly, getting this government to do something on that scale is impossible, look at the NHS doctor system, and the CSA system.

Secondly, i don't agree with the potential abuse of the system, that would mean black boxes in cars, monitoring speed and location, distance travelled etc. That gives them all they need to start this pay per mile scheme, not to mention the security and privacy problems.

Thirdly, i don't agree with forcing people into restricted speed limits, with no movement for judgement, for example, being chased by a madman, getting your pregnant partner to hospital etc.

peodude;3147468

Firstly, getting this government to do something on that scale is … Firstly, getting this government to do something on that scale is impossible, look at the NHS doctor system.etc.



What NHS Doctor system? :?

A black box in cars could just limit speed without recording location, and would be a very good idea. Its something though that would never be implemented due to the money lost by various parties, e.g. Goverment in speeding fines, petrol consumption would decrease and car faults would drop meaning less repairs to name a few.

Being chased by a madman or getting your pregnant partner to hospital doesn't stop you getting a speeding fine or worse running over someone because your speeding.

peodude;3147468

Firstly, getting this government to do something on that scale is … Firstly, getting this government to do something on that scale is impossible, look at the NHS doctor system, and the CSA system.Agree :thumbsup: I was being a bit sarcastic, in that I don't agree either (sorry if it didn't come over that way :oops:)Secondly, i don't agree with the potential abuse of the system, that would mean black boxes in cars, monitoring speed and location, distance travelled etc. That gives them all they need to start this pay per mile scheme, not to mention the security and privacy problems.As above, but it will be tried eventualy (your mobile already tells were you are and is tracked)Thirdly, i don't agree with forcing people into restricted speed limits, with no movement for judgement, for example, being chased by a madman, getting your pregnant partner to hospital etc.



The law is the law here, regardless, when were you last chased by a madman :? speed KILLS, and yes I've seen someone die in front of me in a road accident, it was needless

happy donkey;3147605

The law is the law here, regardless, when were you last chased by a … The law is the law here, regardless, when were you last chased by a madman :? speed KILLS, and yes I've seen someone die in front of me in a road accident, it was needless



I concur, id10ts always find a reason to justify speeding and how 'safe' it can be.

I'm pretty sure a high speed RTA would not be good for a pregnant women. :roll:

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Alfonse;3147528

What NHS Doctor system? :?



guardian.co.uk/soc…lth

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Alfonse;3147647

I concur, id10ts always find a reason to justify speeding and how 'safe' … I concur, id10ts always find a reason to justify speeding and how 'safe' it can be.



SPEEDING DOESN'T KILL!

EXCESSIVE speed kills.

peodude;3147657

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/jun/15/nhs.health



Oh that old chestnut, if only it were true but thats another thread.

peodude;3147687

SPEEDING DOESN'T KILL!EXCESSIVE speed kills.



Well that was easy.

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I drive, at 30mph, down the road, after a heavy snowfall. I am not speeding :thumbsup:

peodude;3147687

SPEEDING DOESN'T KILL!EXCESSIVE speed kills.


Sorry !! are they not one and the same, please explain the difference
45 in a 30 is excessive is it not at 50% over the limit ? or did I miss something, BTW when you posted did you agree with the artical ?

peodude;3147740

I drive, at 30mph, down the road, after a heavy snowfall. I am not … I drive, at 30mph, down the road, after a heavy snowfall. I am not speeding :thumbsup:


Correct, but you are going to fast for the conditions,

I thought you wanted to be allowed to ue your judgement :roll:

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happy donkey;3147747

Sorry !! are they not one and the same, please explain the difference45 … Sorry !! are they not one and the same, please explain the difference45 in a 30 is excessive is it not at 50% over the limit ? or did I miss something, BTW when you posted did you agree with the artical ?



They are not the same thing, no. What is more dangerous, doing 80 on a clear empty motorway, or doing 30 in town after a heavy snowfall.

One is speeding (80) and the other is excessive speed, within the speed limit (30)

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happy donkey;3147773

Correct, but you are going to fast for the conditions,



This is my point, this is the cause, too fast for the conditions, another example is country roads, a lot of them are NSL, 60mph, take some of them at that spped is like having a deathwish, i've known some that even 20mph is too fast

peodude;3147778

They are not the same thing, no. What is more dangerous, doing 80 on a … They are not the same thing, no. What is more dangerous, doing 80 on a clear empty motorway, or doing 30 in town after a heavy snowfall.One is speeding (80) and the other is excessive speed, within the speed limit (30)



They are both in excess of the law or the road conditions, its a no brainer, just you're trying to argue the semantics of your own statement. :thinking:

peodude;3147778

They are not the same thing, no. What is more dangerous, doing 80 on a … They are not the same thing, no. What is more dangerous, doing 80 on a clear empty motorway, or doing 30 in town after a heavy snowfall.One is speeding (80) and the other is excessive speed, within the speed limit (30)


That one is more dangerous is not the point, both are errors of judgement, ie you can not see a reason for the posted limit, surely the whole point of learning to drive is how to put into practice the RULES and ADVICE given in the highway code, as I said drivers ed! QED

Alfonse;3147850

They are both in excess of the law or the road conditions, its a no … They are both in excess of the law or the road conditions, its a no brainer, just you're trying to argue the semantics of your own statement. :thinking:


Thats a big word " semantics" but I think thats what I mean :thumbsup:

ok, NO WAY would i ever have this on a car that i would get
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