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Parental Controls

Basic Description

Girl with car keyParental controls tailor certain automotive operational parameters to the particular key used to access the car. The idea behind these systems is that parents can give their driving-age children a key that limits the maximum speed of the car, radio volume, and other features that might be associated with unsafe driving. The first (and currently only) parental control system offered by an automotive OEM is the Ford MyKey system introduced in the 2010 model year in the U.S. and in the 2012 model year in Europe.

acceleration sensor, GPS receiver, vehicle speed
Throttle, speakers
Data Communications
Existing CAN or LIN interfaces between systems.

For More Information
[1] MyKey, Wikipedia.
[2] Parent-Controlled Car Key, YouTube, Sep. 3, 2009.
[3] 2011 Ford MyKey Offers Speed and Radio Restrictions for Teens, YouTube, Dec. 30, 2010.
[4] Hi-Tech Car Key Gives Parents Peace of Mind, YouTube, Sep. 1, 2011.
[5] 2012 Ford MyKey Technology Big, YouTube, July 17, 2012.
[6] Ford MyKey Demo, YouTube, Sep. 19, 2012.