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New addition will trick teens by sending calls directly to voicemail

DailyTech enjoyed a presentation from Ford Motor Company (F) earlier today on distracted driving.

Among the new features presented by Ford at the session was a new aid to help parents prevent their teens from distracted driving.  Starting next year, Ford will update its MyKey system to feature the ability for parents to silently set their teens' phones to "do not disturb".

Ford Sustainability, Environment, and Safety Engineering Group Vice President Sue Cischke says the youngsters just can't always handle such distractions.  She comments, "Novice teen drivers are a special group of drivers, that can benefit from special protections while they become adult drivers."

The new feature will automatically direct teens' calls to voice mail, preventing their phones from ever ringing.  Of course the fly in the ointment is that teens can realize this and just refuse to sync their handsets to Sync.  Touché, indicated Ms. Cischke when we inquired about that issue, but she pointed out that parents can then simply call teens to see if they're squirrelling their way out of the do not disturb ban.

Why does Ford see it necessary to help "the man" keep those rebellious teens off their phones?  Well, according to Ford, studies indicate that 16 percent of all fatal crashes that teens get in are caused by distractions -- such as ringing phones during bad weather.  This is in contrast to adults, in which only 11 percent of fatal crashes involve distraction.

Ms. Cischke remarks, "Young drivers would benefit from further, but reasonable, restrictions."

She also reminded that MyKey will be getting several other new features, including new warning chimes signalling low gas sooner (e.g. at 75 miles to go, rather than just 50), the option to ban explicit satellite radio stations, and new parent-imposed speed limit settings (65, 70, and 75 miles per hour options will be added, in addition to the pre-existing 80 mph limit).

Ford also is trying to teach young drivers the skills they need to be responsible road warriors with its "Ford Driving Skills for Life" seminars.


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RE: Great!
By Dr of crap on 10/28/2011 9:00:48 AM , Rating: 2
The better idea would be to teach your kid the right way to drive. And have a kid that respects you and respects the law. I have two young drivers and they don't speed, or text while driving.

It's a parenting thing - you obviuosly don't get it!


RE: Great!
By Digimonkey on 10/28/2011 10:40:00 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Unless you are somehow monitoring all their driving habits you can't really make such a claim, and if you say they don't do it while you're in the car with them your point is moot.


RE: Great!
By Dr of crap on 10/28/2011 1:11:42 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I said. I KNOW they do not text while driving or speed over 80.

Just as I would give them my new car to drive for a weekend.
I know how they behave. And the car would come back as I gave it.

My wife and I raised them right and they don't do those things.

You must not have instilled such morals in your kids.


RE: Great!
By Camikazi on 10/29/2011 12:06:53 AM , Rating: 2
Ha you actually believe that your kids always follow your rules? You shouldn't be so naive, even the best kid in the world will break rules just to see what will happen. I have had friends who were perfect little angels who always listened to mom and dad and never got in trouble, but guess what, once out of sight of their parents they did things they were not supposed too and I HIGHLY doubt your kids are any different. Kids will always try to push things, it's what kids do and it's what everyone growing up does.


RE: Great!
By JediJeb on 10/31/2011 2:37:52 PM , Rating: 3
Maybe a majority do but not all. I know when I was growing up I respected my parents enough to not do something like that on purpose.

I did stay out a few times later than I should because I lost track of time. When I got home my Dad was waiting for me. I explained what happened, and he would give that stern but understanding look then hit me with the worse response ever, "You know you had your Mother worried sick". That got me worse than hitting me over the head would have.


RE: Great!
By phantom505 on 10/28/2011 4:33:26 PM , Rating: 2
You (and the rest of the the DT reader base) missed the point already. I'm not going to bother to explain it to you. Some people just don't understand sarcasm when they hear it.


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