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Ford's 'Smart' MyKey Keeps Those Kids From Driving Like Maniacs

Our parents started getting really uptight as the days between us and that most liberating of birthdays (16) ticked away. The pestering never ended: "You'd better put that seat belt on, first thing when you get in." "Yes, ma'am." Disciplinary threats, filled with images of being driven to senior prom in the station wagon, terrified us.

Of course, upon receiving the keys, we jumped through the open window Duke boys-style, fired her up, ignored the seat belt, tore off at bewilderingly stupid speeds (blasting Zeppelin), and thus proclaimed our presence to the highway system.

Apparently, Ford has heard a few stories like ours. Its new MyKey system promises to keep them from coming to fruition. Triggered by a programmable car key, a compatible vehicle's computer requires that the driver's seat belt be buckled before the stereo is operated, institutes an 80-mph governor on the engine, and issues speed warnings via the dashboard for 45-, 55-, and 65-mph. Ford's Jim Buczkowski, director of electrical and electronics systems engineering, told us the MyKey system restricts young dummies from driving like young dummies. Now, if only Ford would come up with the YourKey to keep older dummies from doing the same thing.

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