Ford's MyKey safety gadget to make UK debut on Fiesta

Ford’s MyKey technology has already become widely standard across Ford vehicles in North America and is now set to appear standard across the majority of the Fiesta supermini range, before it spreads to the rest of Ford’s European product line-up by 2015.

The MyKey feature’s goal is to improve driver’s safety on the road, particularly amongst young drivers by ensuring safety precautions are applied whilst on the road.

The first car to feature MyKey in the UK market is the new 2013 model year Ford Fiesta. With this technology onboard, parents will be able to set a limit to the top speed of the car and restrict the audio volume for other drivers.

Audio sources are even muted until the seatbelts are fastened. Seatbelt reminders are standard inside the new Fiesta and with MyKey settings onboard it can be applied so that this reminder can’t be disabled.

Certain driver aids can also be prevented from being switched off, including features such as the Electronic Stability Control and the Active City Stop which detects and attempts to prevent imminent low-speed collisions.

The MyKey function will also allow users to set programmed chimes to be played between speeds of 40mph to 80mph, and can set earlier low-fuel warnings then standard.

UK motorists can order a 2013 Ford Fiesta with MyKey technology from Perrys Ford Dealerships based in Aylesbury and High Wycombe. Pricing is set to start from around £9,795, and first delivers to UK drivers will arrive in January 2013.