Debuting on the 2010 Focus coupe, and then quickly being expanded to other members of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury lineup, the new system allows parents to program a key that will curtail what Ford considers to be dangerous behavior by new drivers.

Ford owners will have a new way to cut back on the shenanigans of their teen drivers thanks to a new technology called MyKey. Debuting on the 2010 Focus coupe and then quickly being expanded to other members of Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury lineup, the new system allows parents to program a key that will curtail what Ford considers to be dangerous behavior by new drivers.

To program the key, parents use the vehicle’s message center to set a variety of options including the seatbelt chime. While the traditional seatbelt chime beeps every six seconds for the first five minutes, with MyKey the car will eventually mute the radio unless the driver buckles their seatbelt. The system can also limit the vehicle’s top speed to 80 mph, prevent traction control from being deactivated, limit the radio's maximum volume, and sound a chime to alert the driver when they reach 45, 55, and 65 mph.

According to Ford a majority of parents like these new features and parents who purchase a vehicle with MyKey would be more inclined to let their children drive.

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