Ford’s latest MyKey allows parents to censor radio

Ford Motor Co., through some advance technology, will help parents censor what their teens listen to on the radio while driving.

A new version of the automaker's MyKey technology will allow parents to block explicit satellite radio content.

"Ford wants to give parents peace of mind that their kids are following practical household rules in the car," says Graydon Reitz, Ford director of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering.

The feature will be standard equipment next year on the new Ford Explorer, as well as the Taurus. Eventually it will be available on a number of Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

The MyKey system, which launched in the summer of 2009, was designed to help parents encourage safe teen driving habits. The programmable key can limit a vehicle's top speed, the volume of the audio system and mute the radio until the driver and passenger put on their seatbelt.

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