Ford Motor upgrades MyKey technology

Ford Motor will launch an upgraded MyKey technology feature next year.

The technology will allow parents to block explicit satellite radio content in the vehicle for the first time and help parents encourage safe teen driving habits.

MyKey allows the parent to program any key through the intuitive MyFord Touch interface which enables certain default driving modes.

New features include Ford Belt-Minder with audio mute, low-fuel warning, limiting vehicle’s top speed and park aid and Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert.

The radio-blocking feature works by screening out more than a dozen channels labeled by Sirius Satellite Radio.

The upgraded MyKey technology will now allow parents to limit a vehicle’s top speed at any of four different settings 65, 70, 75 or 80 mph.

The new feature will be the standard equipment on the Ford Taurus and Ford Explorer, and will be available across a variety of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford’s current MyKey system was launched in 2009 and is a standard on most North American vehicles and allows owners to program a key that can limit the vehicle’s top speed to 80 mph, with chimes sounding at 45, 55 and 65 mph.

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