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What is your opinion on this? Electronic speed constraints on new cars.

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Ford "MyKey" keeps teen drivers under 80 mph

The new, chip-embedded car keys will also keep young drivers from cranking the car stereo, as well as sound alarms until seat belts get fastened. Looks like the carefree days of "American Graffiti" are over, in more ways than one.
The Associated Press reports that an "unspecified number" of 2010 model Ford cars and trucks (including the 2010 Ford Focus, due next year) will come with the MyKey feature, which will eventually get rolled out to all Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury models.

Besides the option of keeping young drivers from going over 80 miles per hour (leaving a slight buffer over most state speeding limits "in case an unusual situation arises," the AP notes), parents can also set MyKey to sound in-car alerts if their kids accelerate past 45, 55, or 65 miles per hour.

Among other possible MyKey restrictions: A volume limit for the car radio (to "44 percent of totally volume&quot, along with chimes that sound once a minute (and mute the radio) until drivers and passengers buckle their seat belts.

Naturally, teens aren't amused by the coming MyKey feature; indeed, a Ford survey found that 67 percent of teen drivers "don't like" the idea (no kidding). Then again, when asked to factor in the possibility that MyKey might give them more chances behind the wheel, the "hate it" figure drops to 36 percent, according to Ford's survey.

OK, but are built-in speed limits for cars really a good idea? You could argue that all drivers need to be able to accelerate away from danger—especially if you're trying to pass a line of cars while facing oncoming traffic.

That said, I can't remember the last time I truly needed to speed beyond 80 mph, for any reason. And then there's this sobering statistic (PDF): More than 6,500 fatal car crashes last year involved drivers aged 15-20, while speeding was a factor in 31 percent of all fatal crashes in 2007.

So, parents and teens … what do you think? Are set-in-stone speeding limits a good idea? What about the car radio and seat-belt restrictions? And for the teens: Would you accept a MyKey if it meant getting more chances to drive?


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Re: What is your opinion on this? Electronic speed constraints on new cars.

Why not? If the limits were being enforced upon by the vehicle manufacturers or the state say, I would be pissed. However, if you want to set the limits on your vehicle for other drivers (or yourself) why not? As far as I am concerned if my kids are driving my car, they need to be driving it the way I want them to be, and if not there are consequences. When my son is old enough to be driving if he gets any tickets he'll be paying the extra car insurance cost out of his pocket, if he gets a second ticket while he is still under 18 to bad, so sad no driving for him for a long period of time. Same goes in college if my wife and I are paying his insurance, any tickets he gets he pays for an any extra insurance costs are coming out of his pocket and if we think his driving is that bad, we'll just take the car back and he can buy his own car if he wants to drive.

I think all of the restrictions are decent. The warnings for accelerating past certain speeds I think are stupid, but the seat belt and volume restrictions I think are decent as is the maximum vehicle speed. I rarely listen to my radio past about 30% volume and at that I think it is rather loud. When first starting off I think kids need fewer distractions and they certain have more of a tendency to show off. If my kid was going off to college or was in college I would probably take all restriction of, they are an adult (the ticket thing would stand firm), but if the vehicle had the feature I would probably use it while they were in high school still.

I also can only think of maybe 1 or 2 times I have ever 'needed' to go faster then 80mph ever and probably both times they could have been solved by going slower. Actually, come to think one time wouldn't have been, but if I had pulled off the highway on to an exit it probably would have solved the problem (A royal dick who kept speeding up, passing me, pulling in to my lane and then slowing down. He even slammed on his brakes in front of me once. We slowed down to about 30mph on the highway, I gunned it, pulled around his 1970's pickup slammed on the brakes and as he was swerving and hitting the brakes I floored it and took-off doing about 90mph for about 3-4 miles leaving him well out of sight before I slowed down. This was back in college).
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its probably a good idea

i remember when i first started driving... behind the wheel of V6 dodge avenger i thought i was hot shit lol... i should have been pulled over/had my license taken away so many times... guess thats how/why i started loving fast cars/street racing/etc...

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I personally think it is a great idea... as a young/new driver you think you're invincible. I was a fairly responsible driver in comparison to my friends and I can remember many an occasion where I should have been killed/pulled over/etc. etc.


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LOL, this only sounds like a bad idea to 16-18 year olds. Everyone else can see how it's common sense. They should put that limit on all cars in Cali, no one would run from the cops.
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[quote author=fatabbot link=topic=125609.msg2673202#msg2673202 date=1223387934]
LOL, this only sounds like a bad idea to 16-18 year olds. Everyone else can see how it's common sense. They should put that limit on all cars in Cali, no one would run from the cops.
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OJ would still find a way. OH WAIT EXCEPT HE'S GOING TO JAIL :P


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[quote author=423894 link=topic=125609.msg2673235#msg2673235 date=1223388590]
you may as well just give them a fucking bus pass
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An even better idea. Keep them off the streets entirely
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