I’m not a die-hard Ford cheerleader,..
But I was impressed with the look and technology in the 2010 and 2011 Fords.
My Dad was a Ford guy. And my father-in-law recently bought a Ford product because the company didn’t take any Obama money.
And on two recent road trips in a 2011 Taurus, the features in the car sparked my interest to do more research. So I sat down with Chris Gorup at Shawnee Mission Ford and Chris kept bringing up Ford’s MyKey system.
MyKey debuted as a standard feature on the 2010 Ford Focus and is now a no-cost feature on nearly all Ford and Lincoln models
MyKey allows parents to access and set MyKey limits through the vehicle’s message center.
Meaning that when your teenage vampire inserts a programmed MyKey into the ignition, the system reads the transponder chip in the key and sets the limits on what sort of mayhem your kid can get away with. Or not.
It’s wickedly Big Brother!
In other words, the Ford MyKey system is every parent’s dream and every kid’s nightmare.
MyKey can even be programmed to remind your teen when you aren’t around how to be more alert and safe on the road.
One of my favorite MyKey features is tied to the radio.
Normal operation of the Persistent Ford Belt-Minder® with audio mute will chime every minute for five minutes. But you lucky (and safety smart) parents with MyKey can program the Belt-Minder chime to continue at the regular interval and the audio system will remain muted until the safety belt is buckled.
The message center even displays, “Buckle Up to Unmute Radio” on the instrument cluster.
So if your teen wants tunes, they gotta buckle up.
Two words; simple & awesome!
You can program MyKey to set a top speed of 80 miles per hour. What are you kidding me? I couldn’t wait to put the pedal to the metal as soon as I got behind the wheel as a kid. I had to go 100 just to say I did to show off to my friends. But I didn’t need to go that fast.
MyKey can also set the traction control system to limit tire slip. Totally unfair! How can you get girl’s attention without burning rubber?
And you can program MyKey to issue speed alert chimes at 45, 55 and 65. Might even get your kid to pay attention to the posted speed limits when they wonder what the hell’s beeping and figure out it’s a reminder to look at the speedometer.
MyKey won’t let your teen disable the audible park aid and BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert.
Which means the beeps might get their attention before they crashes into something while backing up and hanging out the window blabbing to friends.
MyKey can also set an earlier low-fuel warning.
The normal warning goes off 50 miles before empty, MyKey provides a warning at 75 miles so your kid can take their friends home, grab a soda and leave enough gas for you to get to work in the morning or to a gas station so they can borrow it the next night.
So now you set MyKey so they can’t go over 80. They can’t spin the tires. They can’t shut off the blind spot system. They might leave enough gas for you to get to work on time in the morning.
MyKey can limit the media/radio volume to 44%.Got that?
Oh, now you have gone to far! your kid may say.
OMG, how could you possibly be such a control freak when you’re not even in the car?
Get it? Ford’s MyKey is a great tool for parents. And you know that now.
All you have to do is protect the password with your life from your tech savvy teen!
Oh yeah, you business guys can use MyKey to set the same limits listed above for fleet vehicles your employees drive.
Pretty cool, huh?