Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Think your parents can't limit how fast you drive...well then read this!


Ford feature will let parents set limits for teens

The company will roll out a new feature on many 2010 models that can limit teen drivers to 80 mph, using a computer chip in the key.

Read the article and write about what you think about this technology!

38 comments:

Kristin G on October 9, 2008 at 8:30 AM said...

This is a very interesting new technology. I think the audio and seatbelt alarms are smart and will keep the driver safe no matter what the circumstance. However, I agree with Britney from the article when she says that one may have to exceed the speed limit to avoid a crash. The MyKey is very advanced but I'm not sure if today's teenagers are ready for that much parental control when they're out cruising with friends!

Lorissa J. said...

This is invention would be a great way to save more teens from getting into accidents. It could save a teen from exceeding the speed limit if they happen to be partying and were drunk, because this seems to be a major issue today.

Justine S said...

I dont agree with this all they way. I do believe that it would be a safe idea for the seatbelt and audio parts but I also agree with the girl Britney in the article, when she says that someone may have to exceed the speed limit to avoid a crash. I also dont think that teenagers these days are going to purchase cars, if they are going to have those things in them. Personally i would not want to buy a car with that much stuff in it because i would not want my parents to have that much control over what i do.

Molly Wettlaufer said...

Ok well i think they have a good idea on there hands, but like the girl Britney said in the article, what about if you are passing a person and all of a sudden they start to speed up and there is a car comming! and you cant go any faster. That would be my only concern in this situation, because there are tons of teens that speed like crazy and they should have a limit on there speed. I also think the seat belt alarms are a great idea and that it would annoy a person so bad that they would just put it on. Which is great! Imagine all the tickets you wouldn't get from the cops.

Britany G. said...

The MyKey really interesting. I think that it is a good idea. This would be a good for teenagers that are not that experienced in driving and are more likely to be less careful. I do know a few people that this would be good for. Even when a circumstance may arise where someone would speed up to avoid accidents, they could still go somewhat fast to try to avoid the accident, but still not go overboard with it. The audio control is good too because if someone had the radio blaring then they might not hear what is going on around them. The seatbelt is also a good idea to teach teens to get into the habit of right away buckling up and then it would be more likely that they would continue to buckle up as soon as they get into the car.

Kimberly on October 9, 2008 at 12:49 PM said...

I think this is a great invention but i still have a few concerns. I think its great because it probably will decrease accidents but not all accidents are caused by teens driving fast with their music blaring and seat belts unbuckled. Another problem with this technology is that not everyone can afford to buy a new 2010 car with a MyKey system installed. In fact, most people cant afford it. I think that overall it would make driving safer for teens but it seems to me that they have a few more kinks to work out before putting it out on the market.

Will M. said...

I think that limiting the speed of a car could save a lot of teens lives. I agree with the article that there could be many accidents avoided by not allowing novice drivers to drive as fast as they want. I also think that you may need extra speed in certain situations to avoid a crash but i doubt you will need much more than 80 MPH. If this is successful i bet that many more vehicle manufacturers will follow suit.

Ramon said...

the speed limit thing is a good idea to a extent... they are possibly situations were you need to go faster then 80 to avoid some things. but other then that it wouldn't be a problem. as for the seatbelt warning.... that will just get annoying... and it said that it will shut off after five minutes for adults? that made me say what the ...... i found that stupid so there telling adults that it is ok to not wear seat belts??? the audio thing is a ok idea i guess... just not sure about it though... and thank god i will never get a brand new car i like my old onees better... when i can just make few adjustments to make it new :) and faster haha

Keshia said...

It's so crazy how much the world has changed with technology! I never would of thought that they could do anything like this. I think that the seat belt idea is a good idea. I always wear my seat belt just because I feel like I need to, but a lot of kids don't. However I don't think that it would make a difference as kids would just hook the seat belt behind them. I don't like the speed limit restriction. I don't like it because there sometime might be a situation when someone is in a dangerous situation and can't drive fast enough to get away but, I understand why they would do this to keep kids safe. I don't think this new technology will affect kids for a while though because most kids won't be getting a 2010 vehicle while in high school!!

Trevor D said...

i like this technology because alot of teens drive fast just to be cool or its just fun. and alot of people don't wear there seatbelt when they need to.

douglas stahlecker said...

this is something i wasn't expecting to come out for a long time so i rly don't no wt to truly think i think its a neat idea but like Britney said you may need to speed to avoid car crash

NICK said...

It is very interesting article.it was very good.

Kelsie N. said...

I think that's a very efficient way help save teens lives. I think that some teens do need to be limited with their speed. I also agree with the Britney from the article because it would be hard to avoid a crash if you couldn't accelerate over 80 miles an hour. The seatbelt thing is a good idea as well. I think a lot of teens won't like this idea because that is a lot of parental control over their driving. This new technology however may save you money from getting tickets.

Katie Matthews said...

If I was a parent I would love this invention, but as a teen I wouldn't like it so much. But all in all I think It's a great idea and I bet it would limit the accidents/speeding tickets with this new technology.The only thing about this is it's probably really pricey and I doubt there will be a lot of parents wanting to spend a ton of money on this invention.

Demi said...

I don't really know what i think about this technology just yet because i think it goes both ways. I think for some people its a good idea and on other people i think they drive just fine. It shouldn't matter so much on how fast you are going because there are seat belts and airbags that are suppose to help us somewhat. But then again people who get in the worst wrecks are going fast so this could prevent peoples deaths. But in some situations what if the kid actually had to go fast because someone was chasing them and therefore they couldn't precede the speed so they couldn't get away. Sometimes you have to go faster to avoid dangerous things or people driving after you. But that would be extremely scary if your kid went to pass someone and they reached there max and just stopped at that speed. I think some parents should just trust there kids and let them have fun. I can guarentee that there will be people out there who can't afford such a technology. I just don't know what to think its just too complex with everything going on and people are taking things out of proportion.

ashley b. said...

This is a very interesting article. I thing that all this technology and setting the speed control is a good way to keep young drivers safe and causes less accidents. But still if you are not watching what you are doing when you are driving then things can go bad there and cause a wreck. well thats my opinion.

Ashley S said...

I agree with this article. When some students are driving they don't pay attention,we gauk and look at other things and don't pay attention to what is going on. The MYKEY thing would work because if somebody is trying to steal your car they can't get into it and take it. The speed limit thing may cause a problem. If you are passing a car and somebody else is coming then you would have to speed up. The only bad thing would be is that it wouldn't let you speed up. The chip could probably be removed that way when they are older they could have their car back

Sutech 911 on October 10, 2008 at 12:56 PM said...

Well I can see both sides of this. I feel it is smart in the fact that yes teens do drive more recklessly (in terms of speed), and this can limit them. I also see the fact that if the parents have that much control, we cannot live and learn.

In the part with the sound system control... I really don't see a point in that.

The beeping if not wearing a seat belt... most kids are gonna just turn up the music to drown it out. However it is a brilliant idea.

Ramon said...

really it won't stop the speeding tickets very much.. seeing how everybody speeds in town and on residential roads... even in construction zones... and as for us people usually go about 75 in a 65 in the highway now so its still under the 80 mph speed limit on the vehicle... and for the speeding to avoid a crash thing? tell you the truth were i see this possible is when passing somebody but still can't you just hit your breaks to slow down really fast???

Ramon said...

and for the seatbelt beeping keshia is right.. all that there going to do is put the seatbelt behind them and it will shut off the seatbelt beeping alarm... if not they more advance kids will just simple take the beeper out of the car... and or will simply just pass out the sensor...

katie w said...

i think this might be good for some teens. but i think they should do that when they get into so many accidents and or so many speeding tickets.

Shaylee T said...

I think this is a great idea! If a teen was driving with the 80 mph restriction, they may become more careful. For example, some teens like to pass on 65 mph highways at high speeds not to wreck with oncoming cars. If they knew they couldn't drive faster than 80, they might re-think passing the car until oncoming traffic is clear. Or it could cause more accidents in this way.

Courtney S. said...

I don't agree with all what is said in the article. But i will admit the whole seatbelt thing would be a great idea because seatbelts do save your life. But the whole 80 mph and the MyKey thing i don't think it is a good idea because what if you do have to speed up to resist getting into an accident. And kids like to have there own time and with the MyKey thing you really cant have that.

Yatzaira said...

like everyone else said it's a god idea yet bad you might need to exceed the limit to avoid crashing.
i totally DO NOT agree with parent controlling how loud your music can be! that's crazy! I know i wouldn't want my parents controlling that!
over all its not such a bad idea but then again what teen is going to buy a 2010 car while in high school?

April Babutzke said...

I think it's a pretty good idea, because we do have a problem with teens who speed, and others die because a speeder hits them, and so they go to jail and so that's two lives ruined, and what if there were more in the car? More people get hurt, and more lives ruined. I think 80 is the perfect speed, because on the interstate you go 75, so you have no reason to go over 80, but if you know you will be going to a place that has speed limits more than 80, you could probably change it. It definetly would help out our generation from teen car crashes.

Jordan McCray said...

I think the mykey invention for 2010 car models is a good and bad idea. I like the idea that the seatbelt alarm will go off every minute, because it's a good habit to start. I think technology is getting to deep. People make mistakes for their own reasons and if we have people holding our hands all our life we are never going to no between right and wrong. Teenagers today rely on there cars and it's their own freedom but to have parents in the way of everything is not letting us choose right or wrong. Life is about trial and error not controlling your children's every move. We no the speed limit's and how loud our music should be.

Jacob george said...

its gonna be like the rest of things that slow kids down they will just find some way to take the chip out. it is a good idea but i don't think it will work to long.

KAITLYNN K said...

I know of a lot of parents that this would consider MyKey to be a very useful tool. I can also see a lot of teens rebelling because of it. The ramifications of this on the parent-teen relationship, is almost scary. I know that if my parents gave me a MyKey, I would think they didn't trust me, and besides I know parents who are really controlling of their teens already. I have to agree with Danisha on the statement they will never learn. We have to learn how to fail to succeed, and I find more and more reasons of how are parents don't allow teens to do this, and in turn they never leave their parents house because they are afraid that they will fail. I had time to ask my mother about this article and her answer was completely different than my own. She works at a hospital, and she knows how terrible car accidents can be. So anything to get those numbers down, are a good idea to her, and I have to agree, but I think that there are other ways such as: communication between teens and parents (all my mom has to do is ride in the car with me for five minutes and she knows how I drive)and awareness (before this article I had no idea the statistics) For me I rarely speed, text or not wear a seatbelt, not because it's a law but because my life and the life of every one else on the road is important to me, so it isn't a risk I am willing to take.

Brook Schultz said...

This technology is okay if you don't trust your kids, but if you want them to know you trust them then this is definitely not the way to go about it. The chip for safety would be nice so that no one could steal your car, but the speed limit is kind of ridiculous, if you don't want them to be able to go fast don't buy them a car that doesn't have a chip in it that governs out a at a certain speed, or here is an idea if you cant trust your child to drive at a safe speed then you cant trust them to drive, because not only are their lives in danger but you are putting others in danger too.

kacey said...

I think that it is a great idea. a lot of younger teens these days just fly around with no care for anyone else on the road. sometimes i don't even think they care about their own safety. I also don't think you would need to go more than 80. Should young teens even drive on interstate when they first get their license, I've had my license for almost 2 years now, and i have only drove on the interstate once which was last year! the seatbelt alarm is also a really good idea, i don't know always remember to click it and if there was something to remind me I'd have no problem.

Brett on October 10, 2008 at 1:53 PM said...

Okay, this seems like a good technology at first glance...however the more you read into it the worse it gets.

The speed setting is a great idea, I mean why would have to go over 80 MPH anyhow? The audio limits are okay, sometimes...if my mom set my music volume I could never hear it, she listens to music very quietly, which is ANNOYING!!

Then there is the seatbelt alert, why would it chime constantly for teens but stop after 5 minutes for adults? I think it should be for everyone or no one. They say its for adults that refuse to wear a seatbelt, if the parent refuses obviously the teen will refuse too because its how he or she was taught.

Overall I would dub this technology as "interesting" but not "impressive" personally I am not impressed with this little piece of technology. I wouldn't even say its valuable, more like utterly annoying...

Anyhow that's my view on the whole situation, I think they just need to leave well enough alone or tweak their technology to where it is fair for teens and adults, they say that teens die in wrecks...well adults die too!

That's it, I'm done.

Clare A. said...

I agree yet disagree with this whole MyKey thing. It is a good idea for some teens that taking driving overboard. But the fact that it gives the parents control over so much isn't that great. I mean yes parents are concerned about their children but they should only have so much control. The whole controlling the volume on the stereo I don't think is that great of an idea. I mean yes sometimes you can't hear whats going on around you but personally I love driving with loud music. I mean yes sometimes teens take the loud music a little too far but there is also very strict parents out there that would set the volume control to super low, almost like barely hear-able. But the speed thing is pretty cool, because I do know a lot of people that go way faster than is necessary. I think that choosing 80 was a good idea because that still gives you 5 mph over what the interstate speed limit usually is. But as I stated earlier the whole parents having too much control will be an issue I believe. I wouldn't want my parents to go out and buy me a brand new car with all these controls and try to make me pay for it. Personally if I'm gonna buy myself a car, I'm gonna do it to be more independent. Not so my mommy and daddy can control whatever I do with it, or how loud I listen to my music.

The Candyman on October 10, 2008 at 2:42 PM said...

i think that this new system should either be for everyone or for no one.
yes its nice for parents to be able to control the top speed of their kids, but who really needs to go above 80? unless your a cop, firefighter, or emergency team like that. i mean if the limit for ALL public cars is 80 then you can't run from the cops in your car. no one really needs to go that fast. everyone thinks that its just the teens that NEED this well that may be but wouldn't it be easier to make it for everyone? then it would make everything that much more safe.

Angelea M. said...

I think this is a great new advancement for cars. I think that Ford set the correct speed limit to apply to all states' freeway speed limit. This new technology will prevent teens from exceeding the speed limit and potential car accidents. I don't think that it is too much control for parents, because more than likely that parent bought the car and is allowing their child to drive it, so they should have a say on how fast they drive. Because don't all parents tell their children, "Slow down!" now they can know they are. I also think the audio control is a great idea, because I hate hearing young kids driving around with their music blaring, its really annoying. I think this is a great idea!

Kylee Peterson said...

I think that this new technology is a very interesting idea. Young teens that have just received their license have no business going over 80mph. However teens also need to learn how to be responsible on their own, parents should set guidelines but as far as controlling their lives I don't know if I really agree with that, parents CAN be overprotective to a fault.

Justin Campbell said...

This will be great thing because i hardly ever drive and when i do i don't speed much.

Taylor L said...

This new feature is very clever, but I don't agree with a lot of it. I think the MyKey means too much control for a parent and could almost be a danger in some circumstances, such as when speeds must be increased to avoid an accident. I like the idea of having a chime until your seatbelt is fastened. In my case, this would definitely put my seatbelt to more use.

melissa s said...

I think that technology is very helpful. there are so many teens that hardly wear there seatbelts because either they forget, or just really care about them. i might have to agree with britney from the article because there might be many situations that you might need to speed, but i can understand about the careful part. i also think that it might be to much of a control thing and im not really liking that part very much

 

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